Coaches expect a war between Weidman and Belfort (4:59)

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Rumble shops for a Ferrari, Lamborghini (1:19)

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John Dodson returns; will competitive flyweight title bouts do the same?

Ask John Dodson his least favorite event of all time and he's likely to say September's UFC 178 pay-per-view in Las Vegas. Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson headlined the card opposite Chris Cariaso and ultimately earned his fifth title defense in the form of a submission in the fifth round.


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I just wanna thank all my family, friends, fans & sponsors for all of the love! Tomorrow night I will make you all proud. #UFC187 #Andstill

Strawweight fails to make weight, fined

Nina Ansaroff, slotted in a strawweight match (115 lbs) with Rose Namajunas, is done cutting weight. Ansaroff came in 4 lbs over the maximum 116 lbs at weigh-ins and will be fined 20 percent of purse, which will go to Rose Namajunas. The bout will proceed as a catchweight. (via Mike Bohn)

Rumble pays no attention to haters

Anthony Johnson explained to ESPN.com's Brett Okamoto how he deals with critics, especially online: "You look like you haven't ever thrown a punch in your life. So why would I listen to you?"


Cormier brushes aside Rumble

Daniel Cormier gave a succinct opinion on Saturday night's title bout: "I think the world of Rumble, but Anthony Johnson is not a good enough opponent to beat me."

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Top light-heavyweight contenders make weight

No. 1 Anthony "Rumble" Johnson (204.5 lbs) and No. 3 Daniel Cormier (205 lbs) both came under the 205-lb limit for the light-heavyweight title bout. The title was stripped from Jon Jones after substance-abuse and a hit-and-run incident.

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Weidman: Belfort still cheating

In the post-weigh-in interview, Chris Weidman said he heard Vitor Belfort had a 1200 testosterone score during training camp, then accused Belfort of still cheating and promised to make the challenger pay on Saturday night.

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Champion and Phenom make weight

Defending middleweight champion Chris Weidman (185 lbs) and No. 3 Vitor Belfort (184 lbs) both cleared the 185-lb hurdle in advance of their title bout. Weidman is 12-0 in the UFC.

Cowboy and Makdessi make weight

No. 3 Donald Cerrone (156 lbs) and John Makdessi (155.5 lbs) both made weight for their lightweight bout. Makdessi took the fight on short notice which could be a problem -- Cerrone has won his last 7 fights.

Heavyweights make weight

No. 3 Travis Browne (236.5 lbs) and No. 8 Andrei Arlovski (241 lbs) both made weight for their heavyweight bout on Saturday night. In a peculiarity, Arlovski and Browne were roommates when their fight was initially announced.