Weigh-ins for UFC 183 are in the books, with headliners Nick Diaz and Anderson Silva both on weight — and ready for tomorrow’s main event.
“He’s the best there is, ” Diaz said of his opponent in a brief interview. “Thanks to everyone for standing by me.”
Silva was also interviewed, and showed his improving English skills.
“I’m so happy,” Anderson said, about coming back to fight after a horrific leg injury over one year ago. “This is me, this is my life.”
But it wasn’t all smiles, as there were two fighters overweight — by a substantial amount.
First, John Lineker, who has a history of missing weight, was five pounds over for his flyweight bout against Ian McCall. It has been reported that he will not weigh again, and will forfeit a percentage of his purse — but the fight will go on at a catch-weight.
Second, Kelvin Gastelum was a full ten pounds overweight for his welterweight bout against Tyron Woodley. Gastelum was one and 1/2 pounds over for his bout last July at UFC Fight Night 44. It has been announced that Gastelum will forfeit a full 30% of his purse, but the fight will go on.
There was already a feeling of oddness preceding this show’s weigh-ins, including a missed flight for Diaz. UFC President Dana White looked a little tired, possibly frustrated by the recent news regarding Chris Weidman.
There were a few moments of pageantry as well. Among the fighters, Englishman Tom Watson stood out by showing a sort of patriotic fervor, with the Union Jack emblazoned on his socks as he walked to the scale. Watson wore khakis and a Rolling Stones T-shirt.
Miesha Tate waved a flag for her hometown Seattle Seahawks, who play in the Super Bowl on Sunday.
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Middleweights: Thiago Santos (185) vs. Andy Enz (186)
Middleweights: Richardson Moreira (185.5) vs. Ildemar Alcântara (185)
Featherweights: Diego Brandão (142) vs. Jimy Hettes (146)
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Middleweight: Rafael Natal (186) vs. Tom Watson (185.5)
Flyweights: Ian McCall (126) vs. John Lineker (130)
Middleweights: Ed Herman (186) vs. Derek Brunson (186)
Women’s Bantamweights: Miesha Tate (135) vs. Sara McMann (135.5)
Main Card (Pay Per View)
Welterweights: Jordan Mein (169.5) vs. Thiago Alves (171)
Middleweights: Thales Leites (186) vs. Tim Boetsch (185.5)
Lightweights: Joe Lauzon (156) vs. Al Iaquinta (156)
Welterweights: Tyron Woodley vs. Kelvin Gastelum (180)
Middleweights: Anderson Silva (186) vs. Nick Diaz (185)