Quartet makes weight for UFC bouts
Mauricio Rua, Brandon Vera, Lyoto Machida and Ryan Bader -- otherwise known as the quartet of UFC light heavyweights vying to determine the next No. 1 contender at 205 pounds -- all made weight with ease Friday afternoon at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Rua, the UFC light heavyweight champion before running into Jon Jones in March 2011, stepped on the scale at 205 pounds. Vera, despite being the taller fighter, weighed 203.8.
Machida and Bader also looked comfortable. Muscular in his chest and arms, Bader should step into the Octagon significantly heavier than his official weight of 205 pounds. Meanwhile, Machida, also a former champion, came in well under the limit at 201.
The event, UFC's fourth to be televised nationally on FOX (8 p.m. ET), took on an added dimension this week when UFC president Dana White announced the most impressive fighter from the group would face the winner of a Sept. 1 title fight between current champion Jones and his iconic challenger, Dan Henderson.
Initially the UFC billed Rua's five-round contest with Vera as a title eliminator, however fan backlash prompted the promotion to expand the pool to include Machida and Bader.
All fighters on the 10-bout card made their contracted weight.
The other bouts, with weights:
• Phil Davis (205.5) vs. Wagner Prado (205)
• Oli Thompson (232) vs. Phil De Fries (235)
• Michihiro Omigawa (145.5) vs. Manny Gamburyan (145.5)
• John Moraga (125.5) vs. Ulysses Gomez (125.5)