They booed “The All-American” on the Fourth of July.
UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and challenger Lyoto Machida weighed in Friday night for their UFC 175 scrap. The Brazilian looked especially cut and thin at 184.5 pounds. The champion, who appeared at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas to scattered boos, tipped the scales at 185. The Brazilian boo-birds declared their independence from local customs as they jeered the clean-cut Chris “The All-American” Weidman.
The pair shook hands before an intense staredown. The pay-per-view card starts at 10 p.m. Eastern on Saturday.
Machida, who boasts wins over light heavyweights Rashad Evans, Randy Couture, Dan Henderson, and Tito Ortiz, said that “185 is a good division for me.” Through a translator, he vowed a “good performance.”
Weidman, who electrified the UFC last year with two memorable stoppages of mixed-martial-arts legend Anderson Silva, called the Brazilian karateka a “really dangerous opponent.” The heavy-handed wrestler noted of the former light heavyweight champ, “He’s had the belt before.”
Other fights on the card include Uriah Faber versus Alex Caceres on the free-TV preliminaries. After more than a year layoff, Stefan Struve takes on Matt Mitrione in a main-card heavyweight clash. Ronda Rousey defends her woman’s title against Alexis Davis in the co-feature. All 22 fighters on the promotion’s annual summer spectacular made weight.