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Jon Jones (14-1), the youngest light heavyweight champion in the promotion's history, came in right at the 205-pound limit. The challenger, and former champion, Lyoto Machida (17-2) weighed 204 pounds.
"This is an awesome opportunity against an awesome opponent," Jones said. "I'm grateful for the whole situation. I can't wait to go out there and make a statement."
Veteran lightweight Dennis Hallman (50-14-2) was the only fighter scheduled for Saturday's event that failed to make weight. He did not attempt a second cut after initially weighing in at 158.5 pounds and will forfeit a percentage of his purse.
His opponent, undefeated John Makdessi (9-0), weighed-in at 155.5 pounds.
In a co-main event matchup, Frank Mir (15-5) weighed in at a heavy 260 pounds for his rematch against 239-pound Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (33-6-1).
Former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz (16-9-1) came in at 206 pounds and clearly had the crowd behind him for his bout against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (19-5), who came in at 204.5 pounds.Brett Okamoto covers mixed martial arts for ESPN.com.