by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Season 3 of The Ultimate Fighter will officially come to a close when the finalists in the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions face off on Saturday night. Ed Herman, Kendall Grove, Michael Bisping, and Josh Haynes all made weight and will now have to stave off any last-minute butterflies as they make their final preparations for their fights.
Kenny Florian and his opponent, Sam Stout, also made weight in this pivotal match-up in the UFC’s reformed lightweight division. Both fighters are lead candidates to be in the running for a shot at the 155-pound title when it is re-introduced by the UFC.
Here are the official weights for the fighters (in pounds):
Kenny Florian (155) vs. Sam Stout (155)
Light Heavyweight Finals:
Michael Bisping (205) vs. Josh Haynes (205)
Ed Herman (186) vs. Kendall Grove (184.5)
Wilson Gouveia (204) vs. Keith Jardine (205)
Ross Pointon (184) vs. Rory Singer (185)
Danny Abbadi (184) vs. Kalib Starnes (186)
Luigi Fioravanti (186.5) vs. Solomon Hutcherson (185.5)
Jesse Forbes (204) vs. Matt Hamill (205)
Wes Combs (205) vs. Mike Nickels (205)
A sizable crowd gathered for the official weigh-ins, as did the TUF 3 coaches, Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock, who appeared as if they didn’t want to be anywhere near each other.
Also, Luigi Fioravanti, who was last seen by UFC fans taking on Chris Leben in April, came in over the weight limit for his bout with TUF 3 contestant Solomon Hutcherson. Fioravanti took this fight on one week’s notice when Hutcherson’s original opponent, TUF 3 contestant Mike Stine, pulled out of the fight.
Fighters are allowed to weigh up to one pound more than the official weight limit in non-title fights, but Fioravanti weighed in at 186.5 pounds for a 185-pound fight. Despite the discrepancy, the Nevada State Athletic Commission allowed the fight to go on, and Hutcherson had no problems with his opponent weighing in over the limit.