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Would 5,000 people show up to watch Peyton Manning stare really, really hard at an opposing quarterback the day before a game?
There is no other major sport that attracts a crowd of thousands, television cameras, and media in order to witness some heavy tension, but here's the exception: the UFC and their weigh-ins, which have by now become as accepted a ritual at events as getting drunk and nearly throwing up on Mandy Moore.
Let's see if anyone flinches -- and if anyone will finally ask Bruce Buffer why he needs to be on stage for this.
7:22 p.m. ET: Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir are queued up. If Lesnar doesn't make 265, he might double-leg the scale; Rogan announces that a 92-pound allowance will be made for Mir's ego.
Mir is in tremendous shape: 245, lighter than he's been since -- ever?
Lesnar gets a smattering of boos. He tosses his T-shirt into the crowd. 265. Some pec jiggling for the ladies.
7:18 p.m. ET: Thiago Alves comes out to a mixed reaction. 170 on the button. Georges St. Pierre is sporting an elbow goiter. If that thing pops mid-fight, good luck to the front row. 170.
7:16 p.m. ET: Michael Bisping comes out to crowd love worthy of Bernie Madoff. He's clearly enjoying the repulsion. 185 pounds. Dan Henderson gets a much better reception, pandering to the crowd with an American flag T-shirt. 185 pounds.
7:14 p.m. ET: Alan Belcher has a tattoo of either Elvis or Chuck Zito on his left arm. 186 pounds. Yoshihiro "Sexyama" Akiyama is a very tanned 185 pounds.
7:12 p.m. ET: Paul Thiago pushes over Coleman's limp body on the scale in order to step on. 170. Jon Fitch is a sinewy 170.
7:11 p.m. ET: Stephan Bonnar keeps his composure as he undresses to face Mark Coleman. He pulls out his cell phone to say "hi" to his mom in a bit that falls somewhat flat. 206 pounds. Mark Coleman steps to the scale, visibly winded. He looks up at the clock. 205 pounds.
7:09 p.m. ET: Jim Miller is a lean 155, Mac Danzig a dehydrated 154.
7:07 p.m. ET: Jake O'Brien appears to have been hit from a shrink ray from his heavyweight days: 206 pounds. Jon Jones gets a big reaction. 206.
7:06 p.m. ET: Lawlor's is a tough act to follow. T.J. Grant is 170. Dong Hyun Kim is 171.
7:03 p.m. ET: Tom Lawlor instantly endears himself to hard-core fans by paying homage to the "Just Bleed" drunkard from the early days. I was too mesmerized to even catch his weight. Opponent C.B. Dollaway is 186.
7:01 p.m. ET: Announcer Joe Rogan busts out the F-word, just to stick it to those mainstream cameras. Shannon Gugerty is first to take the stage: 156 pounds. Matt Grice clocks in at 155.