by MMAWeekly.com (Photos by Ken Pishna)
MONTREAL – The crowd in the Bell Centre was electric as the Ultimate Fighting Championship held their first official weigh-ins in Canada for Saturday night’s Serra vs. St. Pierre pay-per-view.
The stars of the show were of course current UFC welterweight champion, Matt Serra, and former champion, Montreal native, Georges St. Pierre.
The crowd erupted when George St-Pierre stepped on the scales. “I’ve been waiting for this a long time,” St-Pierre commented, addressing the crowd. “Don’t believe the hype. Believe what you’re going to see Saturday night.”
Matt Serra was greeted with boos from the Canadian crowd, as he expected. “If you’re pissed right now, wait until Saturday night,” Serra stated. “I’m ready to rock. You guys are going to be so pissed Saturday.”
Serra repeatedly held up two fingers to the Canadian crowd in attendance while shouting “two times” to signify that he plans on defeating their native son for a second time.
All of the other fighters on the card made weight, although three separate competitors (Ed Herman, Charles McCarthy and Kalib Starnes) had to stand behind the infamous white towel to comply with the weight limits.
185lb newcomer, Michael Bisping, and his opponent Charles McCarthy shared a heated moment on stage as they stared each other down with both shouting at the other before being separated by UFC president Dana White.
Another intense moment happened as Canadians Jason MacDonald and Joe Doerksen faced off in a rematch of a fight the two had in 2005.
OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN RESULTS:
Matt Serra (169.5) vs. Georges St-Pierre (169.5)
Rich Franklin (185.5) vs. Travis Lutter (185)
Michael Bisping (185.5) vs. Charles McCarthy (186)
Mac Danzig (154.5) vs. Mark Bocek (154.5)
Nate Quarry (185.5) vs. Kalib Starnes (186) *swing bout
Jason MacDonald (185) vs. Joe Doerksen (184.5)
Alan Belcher (185) vs. Jason Day (183.5)
Ed Herman (185.5) vs. Demian Maia (184.5)
Sam Stout (155.5) vs. Rich Clementi (155)
Cain Velasquez (235.5) vs. Brad Morris (225.5)
Jonathan Goulet (169.5) vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka (170)