by MMAWeekly.com LIVE
Sunday night in Chicago, WEC bantamweight champion Miguel
Torres will defend his belt against No. 5 ranked Takeya Mizugaki at the UIC
Pavilion. But first, all of the fighters on the WEC 40 card weighed in at the
Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Torres bucked his usual mild mannered character for fight
day seriousness as he stepped on the scale. Weighing in right at the 135-pound
limit for the championship bout, Torres went nose to nose in his staredown with
Mizugaki, who also weighed in at 135 pounds.
Hometown favorite Jeff Curran tipped the scale at 135 pounds
for his bantamweight debut against Joseph Benavidez. The Urijah Faber disciple
made weight at 134 pounds. The winner between Curran and Benavidez inches up
the ladder toward a title shot.
Mike Budnik weighed in at 149 pounds for his 145-pound bout
with Rafael Dias. The fight will still take place, at a catchweight of 149
pounds, but Budnik will likely be issued a penalty.
Torres vs. Mizugaki airs live on the Versus network at 9
p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on Sunday night.
Bouts (live on Versus):
-Miguel Torres (135) vs. Takeya Mizugaki (135)
-Jeff Curran (135) vs. Joseph Benavidez (134)
-Raphael Assuncao (145.5) vs. Jameel Massouh (146)
-Ben Henderson (156) vs. Shane Roller (156)
-Bart Palaszewski (155) vs. Anthony Njokuani (157.5)
-Ivan Lopez (134.5) vs. Dominick Cruz (135)
-Wagnney Fabiano (146) vs. Fredson Paixao (144)
-Rani Yahya (136) vs. Eddie Wineland (135)
-Akitoshi Tamura (135.5) vs. Manny Tapia (135.5)
-Rafael Dias (145) vs. Mike Budnik (149)
weights in pounds.)