The Ultimate Fighting Championship will take over the fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California, on Saturday night with a world championship doubleheader. UFC 199 will be anchored by the middleweight title fight between reigning champ Luke Rockhold as he defends his crown against late replacement Michael Bisping.
And at Friday’s weigh-ins, all of the combatants on the card were on point, giving the event the green light.
England’s Bisping, a polarizing bloke who will finally fight for a world title for the first time, has been claiming loud and clear for weeks that he won’t let this opportunity slip through his fingers. “The Count” looked as good as he ever has, and on the scale, he nailed it. Bisping came in officially at a trim 185 pounds.
Rockhold, meanwhile, who will be making the first defense of the title he won when he dominated and eventually knocked out Chris Weidman at UFC 194, wasn’t about to be outdone by his new foe. Rockhold was supposed to fight Weidman in an eagerly-anticipated rematch but when “All American” withdrew thanks to a neck injury in training, Bisping stepped in. Rockhold claims to be unfazed by the opponent switch and he looked every bit like a champion on Friday, weighing in at 185 pounds.
The co-featured bout is one that should be overflowing with fireworks as bitter rivals Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber will fight for Cruz’s bantamweight title. Cruz snatched the belt away from former Faber training partner T.J. Dillashaw in January and is ready to defend it against Faber, whom he has split two fights with previously.
Faber is looking to avoid being the first fighter in UFC history to go 0-4 in title fights and looked as ready as ever at the scale. “The California Kid” clocked in at a 134.5 pounds while champion Cruz weighed 135 for what will be his first defense of his newly-regained UFC 135-pound title and third overall.
UFC 199 Weigh-in Results:Luke Rockhold (185) vs. Michael Bisping (185)
Dominick Cruz (135) vs. Urijah Faber (134.5)
Max Holloway (146) vs. Ricardo Lamas (145.5)
Dan Henderson (185.5) vs. Hector Lombard (184.5)
Dustin Poirier (155.5) vs. Bobby Green (155)
Clay Guida (146) vs. Brian Ortega (145)
Beneil Dariush (156) vs. James Vick (155.5)
Jessica Penne (115.5) vs. Jessica Andrade (115.5)
Cole Miller (146) vs. Alex Caceres (145.5)
Sean Strickland (171) vs. Tom Breese (170.5)
Jonathan Wilson (205.5) vs. Luis Henrique da Silva (205.5)
Kevin Casey (185) vs. Elvis Mutapcic (185)
Dong Hyun Kim (154.5) vs. Marco Polo Reyes (155)