World Series of Fighting Lightweight champion Justin Gaethje stepped off the scales weighing in at 154.8 pounds, looking rested and relaxed a day before he’s set to face fellow undefeated fighter Nick Newell in the main event of World Series of Fighting 11: “Gaethje vs. Newell” Saturday at Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla.
“I’m feeling great,” Gaethje said. “I got in on Wednesday and I’ve had crab legs, steak, pasta. I played golf yesterday. All the hard work has been done in the gym. I didn’t want to get here and have to stress about making weight.”
Newell said he is friendly with Gaethje and hasn’t been bothered by all his pre-fight knockout talk. “Of course he’s going to say he’s going to knock me out,” Newell said. “He’d be a weirdo to say, ‘I think I’m going to get the decision.’ The fight is going to end before a decision, it’s just going to end with me as the winner.”
The fight is headlined by the lightweight championship bout with the exciting Gaethje (11-0) putting his belt on the line against the extremely tough and talented Newell (11-0). Also on the card, a highly anticipated welterweight matchup pitting Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Jon Fitch (25-6-1, 1 NC) against MMA veteran Dennis Hallman (53-14-2. Additionally, newly signed lightweight Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard (31-13-2) debuts against Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante (18-7-1) and Cody “Bam Bam” Bollinger (15-2, 1 NC) faces a dangerous 14-year veteran in Pablo Alfonso (9-5) in an intriguing bantamweight contest.
Guillard missed weight, and after trying for two hours, tipped the scale at 157.2 pounds, which was over the 156-pound limit for his bout with Cavalcante.
Main Card (on NBC)
Justin Gaethje (154.8) vs. Nick Newell (155)
Jon Fitch (183) vs. Dennis Hallman (181.2)
Gesias Cavalcante (155.6) vs. Melvin Guillard (157.2)
Pablo Alfonso (136) vs. Cody Bollinger (138.4)
Preliminary Card (on MMAWeekly.com)
Jake Heun (205) vs. Kendrick Miree (204.8)
Neiman Gracie (176) vs. Dustin Holyko (175.8)
Jose Caceres (173.6) vs. Walber Brito de Barros (174.8)
Muhammed DeReese (206.2) vs. Rashaun Spencer (200.8)