Michael Bisping fails to make weight
The fight, which tops The Ultimate Fighter 14 card, will go off without a hitch Saturday night in Las Vegas as Bisping was able to cut one-quarter pound.
But it wasn't Bisping's failure to make weight that got the crowd riled up. It was a derogatory statement he directed at them after stepping off the scale.
"All I care about is smashing (Miller's) face," Bisping said, after Miller instructed the crowd to boo his English opponent. "F--- you all."
Bisping and Miller tossed heated remarks at one another throughout their season as opposing coaches on the reality show. And the hostility between them showed no sign of easing during the customary stare-down.
They were quickly separated by UFC president Dana White to prevent an altercation.
Bisping, 21-3, has won three fights in a row. Miller (24-7, 1 no contest) returns to UFC for the first time since April 2005. The fight with Bisping will be his second in the Octagon.
Both participants in the bantamweight finale made weight. John Dodson checked in at 134 pounds, while T.J. Dillashaw tipped the scale at 135½ pounds.
Hard-hitting featherweight finalist Diego Brandao (145), was slightly lighter than his foe Dennis Bermudez, who registered at 146 pounds.
A bantamweight showdown between Louis Gaudinot (136) and Johnny Bedford (136), followed by lightweights Yves Edwards (155) and Tony Ferguson (155½) completes the main card. Franklin McNeil covers mixed martial arts and boxing for ESPN.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Franklin_McNeil.
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