Friday, June 11, 2010

UFC 115: Chuck Liddell and Rich Franklin Weigh-In

All 22 fighters made weight for UFC 115 but most eyes were on the new physique of Chuck Liddell. The 40-year-old former UFC light heavyweight champ is making a comeback after 14 months off stemming from losing 4-of-5 fights. Dana White demanded that Liddell start taking his training and prep more seriously. By his look at the weigh-in, "The Iceman" did exactly that. Gone was the trademark rounded stomach and slight love handles as the legend weighed in with all the other fighters in Vancouver, British Columbia.Also in better condition was Gilbert Yvel. The Dutchman made his promotional debut on short notice against Junior dos Santos at UFC 108. With more time to train for Ben Rothwell, hopefully we see Yvel perform like the elite striker he's proven to be over the years.

Matt Wiman had a little trouble making the lightweight limit. He was forced to strip down to hit 156 pounds. Another fighter to worry about a little is David Loiseau. He appeared doughy and looked small for the weight class. Mario Miranda, a big middleweight at 6-foot-3, looked like he belonged in a different weight class.

Pat Barry's gas tank might be worth watching as well. We already sense that he's going to be fired up fighting a guy he admires in Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic. Cro Cop is a smaller heavyweight and this is expected to be a stand-up battle so why did Barry come in at a UFC career-high weight of 248? Barry's previous UFC weights were 233, 237 and 237.UFC 115 weigh-in (Courtesy MMAJunkie):

Rich Franklin (205) v. Chuck Liddell (205)
Patrick Barry (248) v. Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic (235)
Ben Rothwell (264) v. Gilbert Yvel (242)
Carlos Condit (170) vs. Rory MacDonald (170)
Martin Kampmann (170) v. Paulo Thiago (170)

Evan Dunham (155) v. Tyson Griffin (154)
Mac Danzig (156) v. Matt Wiman (156)

David Loiseau (185) v. Mario Miranda (186)
Peter Sobotta (171) v. James Wilks (170)
Ricardo Funch (170) v. Claude Patrick (170)
Jesse Lennox (170) vs. Mike Pyle (170)