Some notes from today's weigh-ins in Seattle. The set up with about 3,000 or so seats open was packed. The crowd was clearly more into the B.J. Penn vs. Rory MacDonald fight than anything else. Penn was the most popular fighter, by far, on the show. MacDonald was booed a shocking amount. Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz was a mixed reaction to both, but it was very clear which fight people saw as the main event.
Facebook prelims at 4:30 p.m. Eastern and 1:30 p.m. Pacific
Scott Jorgensen (13-6, 135.2) vs. John Albert (7-3, 136)
FX fights at 5 p.m. Eastern
Dennis Siver (20-8, 146.0) vs. Nam Phan (18-11, 145.4) - Phan went straight to the liquids after stepping off the scale. Siver looked like he had a difficult weight cut.
Marcus LeVesseur (22-6, 155.4) vs. Abel Trujillo (9-4, 155.4) - Trujillo looked like a bodybuilder. This match was just made today as Tim Means, scheduled against Trujillo, slipped getting out of the sauna and hit his head. LeVesseur had been scheduled but his opponent, Michael Chiesa, got sick a few days ago. He stayed on weight and was ready to go when called.
Daron Cruickshank (11-2, 155) vs. Henry Martinez (9-2, 158.8) - Martinez missed weight by about three pounds. He didn't look in great shape either. Key peopole were not happy at all about this. He didn't attempt to cut the last 2.8 pounds either.
Ramsey Nijem (7-2, 155.4) vs. Joe Proctor (8-1, 154.6)
Raphael Assuncao (17-4, 136.4) vs. Mike Easton (13-1, 135)
Yves Edwards (41-18-1, 155) vs. Jeremy Stephens (20-8, 155.8)
FOX fights at 8 p.m.
Mike Swick (15-4, 170) vs. Matt Brown (17-11, 170.2)
B.J. Penn (16-8-2, 168.2) vs. Rory MacDonald (13-1, 170.2) - Major size difference here and by tomorrow it'll be ridiculous when Rory is at about 190
Shogun Rua (21-6, 205.0) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (14-1, 205.4)
Benson Henderson (17-2, 154.6) vs. Nate Diaz (16-7, 155.0) for the UFC lightweight title - Diaz was 0.6 over the first time he weighed in, and seemed like he didn't understand you didn't get the extra pound in a title match. Some heated discussions. Neither guy did the interviews the main eventers usually do at weigh-ins. He left and was brought back up to weigh in naked and was still off by 0.2 pounds. He went back and cut the last 0.2 so it is sanctioned as a title fight. How Diaz didn't know you don't get the extra pound when Nick has been in tons of title matches, Jake Shields has been in tons of title matches and Gilbert Melendez has been in almost nothing but title matches for the last seven years is a question I can't answer.
Some very aggressive staredowns, notably Penn vs. Rory and Diaz vs. Henderson.