(Photos by Jeff Cain)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship descended upon Indianapolis this week for UFC 119. The promotion’s debut in the Midwestern metropolis features former UFC champion Frank Mir versus former Pride champion Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic in the main event, as well as a light heavyweight contenders’ showdown between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ryan Bader.
The fighters took to the scales at Conseco Fieldhouse on Friday afternoon to weigh in and make the bouts official.
Mir weighed in at 252 pounds, slimmed down a bit from the muscle he packed on prior to fighting Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin.
“I still think Mirko is a very dangerous opponent. I’m not taking him lightly by any means,” Mir told UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan. “It’ll be a very short night for me if I do. I’m just gonna go out there and try to take care of him quickly.”
Cro Cop has never been a big heavyweight, slotting in to the lighter end of the division. Friday was no different as he stepped on the scale at 227 pounds.
Despite concern over a truncated training camp and a last minute poke to his eye in his final sparring session, Cro Cop said in his typical understated fashion, “I feel good. I’m very excited to be here, another fight.”
The co-main event between Nogueira and Bader, who both weighed in at 205 pounds, will likely put the winner one or two wins away from a UFC light heavyweight title shot. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua currently holds the belt, but has been out of action with an injury while Rashad Evans awaits his return to challenge for the title.
Melvin Guillard and Jeremy Stephens heated things up at the weigh-ins, going nose-to-nose when they faced off for photos, promising fireworks in the pay-per-view’s opening bout.
UFC 119 also features two bouts live on Spike TV. Matt Mitrione will face Joey Beltran in a heavyweight bout, and C.B. Dollaway takes on Joe Doerksen in the middleweight division.
Main Bouts (On Pay-Per-View):
-Frank Mir (252) vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (227)
-Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (205) vs. Ryan Bader (205)
-Chris Lytle (171) vs. Matt Serra (170)
-Evan Dunham (156) vs. Sean Sherk (155)
-Melvin Guillard (155) vs. Jeremy Stephens (155)
Preliminary Bouts (On Spike TV):
-C.B. Dollaway (186) vs. Joe Doerksen (186)
-Matt Mitrione (253) vs. Joey Beltran (239)
Preliminary Bouts (Non-Televised):
-Thiago Tavares (155) vs. Pat Audinwood (156)
-Steve Lopez (156) vs. Waylon Lowe (154)
-T.J. Grant (170) vs. Julio Paulino (170)
-Mark Hunt (265) vs. Sean McCorkle (263)