UFC weigh-ins for tomorrow's show in Abu Dhabi; Nelson vs. Nogueira



 UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the heavyweight bout between “Minotauro” Nogueira and Roy Nelson and the featherweight bout between Clay Guida and Tatsuya Kawajiri, airs live on UFC Fight Pass from the du Arena in Abu Dhabi beginning at 12:15pm ET / 9:15am PT.

FIGHT PASS MAIN CARD
Minotauro Nogueira (238 lbs) vs Roy Nelson (255.5 lbs)
Tatsuya Kawajiri (145 lbs) VS Clay Guida (146 lbs)
Ryan LaFlare (171 lbs) VS John Howard (171 lbs)
Beneil Dariush (155 lbs) VS Ramsey Nijem (156 lbs)

FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Daniel Omielanczuk (248 lbs) VS Jared Rosholt (240 lbs)
Trevor Smith (186 lbs) VS Thales Leites (185 lbs)
Jim Alers (145.5 lbs) VS Alan Omer (146 lbs)
Johnny Bedford (135 bs) VS Rani Yahya (135.5 lbs)

Due to a case of tonsillitis suffered by Andrew Craig, his bout against Chris Camozzi has been pulled from the card.

*FLASH QUOTES*

MINOTAURO NOGUEIRA

ON FIGHTING ROY NELSON:

“He has a huge punch, and is very dangerous early on. I plan on wearing him down, using superior conditioning, and finishing him late. I’m very honored to be fighting here, in front of these people, who have given so much to the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The Abu Dhabi Combat Club has done so much for BJJ around the world, it special to be here competing in front of them.”

ON FIGHTING JET-LAG AS WELL AS HIS OPPONENT

“I did things the right way. I was here as a guest fighter, doing autographs and meeting fans, at the last UFC event here (UFC 112, April 2010) so knew what to expect. I suffered bad with the jet lag when I was here before, so I got here 13 days ago and, by the time we fight, I will have been here two weeks. It was (horrible) the first week or so but I am used to it now. I’m now on UAE time. It took a long time, as Brazil is 7hours (time zones) difference to here, but I feel great now.”

ON FIGHTING IN OPEN-AIR OCTAGON IN DESERT

“When I was here in 2010 I went for a jog three or four times, just to see how my body reacted. It was only 10am when we ran, but it was already so hot and do dry. You don’t sweat like you do in Brazil, and there’s a wind here that dries you as you run. It isn’t as hot this time, but it is something to be respected, these conditions. The sun will be gone by the time I fight Roy Nelson, but keeping (hydrated) is something we are thinking about all the time.”

ROY NELSON

ON FIGHTING A LEGEND

“I’ve wanted to fight Big Nog for years. When I was breaking into the sport, he was already a champion, one of the main guys in the division. I used to watch him and think “I’m going to get where you are at”. He’s someone I’ve always respected and admired, a legend, but I will treat him just like any other fighter and put my hands on him. The thing I always liked about watching him was that he likes to finish – and so do I.

“So someone’s going to drop – just don’t plan on it being me.

“I know he thinks he has an advantage because I’ve never gone five rounds - but fighting the full five rounds gives me the advantage. I know I’ve got the biggest heart of anybody in the UFC. My 110% is better than anyone else’s 110%, I will keep coming and trying for the knockout, so the more time I’ve got to get that KO the better it is for me. That said, I’m fighting the guy who known as maybe the best BJJ guy in the division and in Abu Dhabi, which is sort of the home of BJJ, and so I’m also looking forward to showing off my BJJ. What better stage to showcase my BJJ skills than in this fight, in this arena?”

ON FIGHTING JET-LAG AS WELL AS HIS OPPONENT

“I flew Vegas to London to Paris to here. It wasn’t fun, but I feel fine. Obviously, I live in Vegas, the fight capital of the world, so I’d prefer to fight 7miles from my house and sleep in my own bed.  I got in here on Monday and I feel fine. Usually the jet-lag kicks in after a few days, so I gradually adjusted my body clock to try to make sure that didn’t happen so much. All I care about is how I feel at fight time. We aren’t fighting until the nighttime so I have all day tomorrow (fight day) to rest up if I do feel tired.”

ON FIGHTING IN OPEN-AIR OCTAGON IN DESERT

“I’ve fought outdoors before (back in 2007 in Costa Rica), and it can affect you. When I fought outdoors before the sun was still up, and it won’t be on Friday, but it does affect you. I’ve been told that the heat at night could be a factor, but I will make sure I am hydrated. It is going to be hot in his half of the Octagon, too.”