UFC on FOX 3 is taking place tonight Saturday May 5th, 2012 at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ. In the main event, lightweight contenders Nate Diaz and Jim Miller will square off in what is widely regarded as a title elimination bout. In the co-main event, Johny Hendricks will look to take one step closer to the welterweight strap when he takes on former title contender Josh Koscheck. In other main card action, heavyweight bangers Pat Barry and Lavar Johnson will open the show and leg lock specialist Rousimar Palharaes will take on the always dangerous Alan Belcher in a middleweight showdown.
The weigh-ins were scheduled for Friday at 4pm but before the fighters hit the scales there was a Q and A with British middleweight Michael Bisping and UFC commentator Mike Goldberg. Bisping, known for his brash attitude and quick tongue, played nice and answered questions for the fans and media alike. The only stir up was when a fan asked 'The Count' if he would sign a picture of Dan Henderson knocking him out, the only time he had ever been stopped in his careert. Bisping, while visibly annoyed, played it cool and said, "Took you guys long enough to ask that one".
During the break between the Q and A and the weigh-ins, Strikeforce Woman's Bantamweight Champion and Olympic Judo bronze medalist 'Rowdy' Ronda Rousey showed up to a huge ovation from the crowd. Fans surrounded her and lined up for pictures and autographs. It was
interesting to see how much buzz is surrounding her and surely she will bring a lot of eyes to women's MMA.
There wasn't too much drama during the actual weigh-ins. The only fighter to miss weight was John 'Hands of Stone' Lineker who will be making his UFC debut against popular The Ultimate Fighter contestant Louis Gaudinot. Lineker, a flyweight, on a 13 fight win streak weighed in at 127 lbs (flyweight limit is 126 for non-title fights). He was given an extra two hours to shed the pound but unfortunately was not able to and he was fined $1, 200.00 (payable to his opponent
Gaudinot). The full weigh-in results are below.
155 lbs Nate Diaz (156) vs. Jim Miller (156)
Main Card (FOX):
170 lbs. Johny Hendricks (170.5) vs. Josh Koscheck (170.5)
185 lbs. Alan Belcher (186) vs. Rousimar Palhares (186)
265 lbs. Pat Barry (244) vs. Lavar Johnson (253)
Preliminary Card (FUEL TV):
155 lbs.: Anthony Ferguson (154.5) vs. Michael Johnson (156)
125 lbs. John Dodson (126) vs. Tim Elliot (125)
170 lbs. John Hathaway (169) vs. Pascal Krauss (169)
125 lbs. Louis Gaudinot (126) vs. John Lineker (127)*
155 lbs. Danny Castillo (155) vs. John Cholish (155.5)
145 lbs. Dennis Bermudez (145.5) vs. Pablo Garza (145)
Preliminary Card (Facebook):
135 lbs. Roland Delorme (135) vs. Nick Denis (135)
185 lbs. Mike Massenzio (184) vs. Karlos Vemola (185)
* fined $1, 200.00 for missing weight
Luis J. Gomez is a freelancer, MMA analyst/enthusiast and stand up comic. Follow him on twitter @luisjgomez.