Welcome to WrestlingObserver.com's live coverage of the UFC Fight Night 68: Boetsch vs. Henderson weigh-ins from the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana kicking off at 5 PM eastern time. The event airs on Saturday night on FOX Sports 1 with a main card start time of 10 PM eastern time. A full slate of preliminary card action kicks off on UFC Fight Pass at 7 PM eastern time before moving over the FOX Sports 1 at 8 PM eastern time. This marks the UFC's first visit to New Orleans since September 2011.
The event will be headlined by a five-round middleweight bout between Tim Boetsch and former PRIDE and Strikeforce Champion Dan Henderson. The co-main event on the card is a heavyweight bout between rising contenders Ben Rothwell and Matt Mitrione. Also on the main card is a lightweight bout between Louisiana native Dustin Poirier and winner of two straight "Performance Of The Night" bonuses, Yancy Medeiros.
Leonardo Morales missed weight for his bout, coming in at 140 pounds, four pounds over the bantamweight limit. Joe Proctor made the lightweight limit with the use of a towel. Alex Caceres needed the towel to make the bantamweight limit at 136 pounds. Yancy Medeiros also missed weight for his bout, coming in 3.5 pounds over the lightweight limit of 156 pounds. Other than that, all was cordial at the weigh-ins.
UPDATE: Morales later came back to attempt to re-weigh but ultimately ended up weighing in at 137 pounds, one pound over the limit. Medeiros never re-weighed as Poirier knew ahead of time he would be missing weight. Both men will forfeit 20 percent of their purses.
MAIN CARD (FOX SPORTS 1- 10 PM ET/7 PM PT):
Tim Boetsch (185.5) vs. Dan Henderson (186)
Ben Rothwell (265) vs. Matt Mitrione (255)
Dustin Poirier (156) vs. Yancy Medeiros (159.5)
Thiago Tavares (146) vs. Brian Ortega (146)
Joe Soto (136) vs. Anthony Birchak (136)
Francisco Rivera (136) vs. Alex Caceres (136)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX SPORTS 1- 8 PM ET/5 PM PT):
Shawn Jordan (263.5) vs. Derrick Lewis (264.5)
Brian Ebersole (170.5) vs. Omari Akhmedov (171)
Chris Wade (155.5) vs. Cristos Giagos (155.5)
Joe Proctor (156) vs. Justin Edwards (156)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC FIGHT PASS- 7 PM ET/4 PM PT):
Ricardo Abreu (183) vs. Jake Collier (185.5)
Jose Quinonez (135) vs. Leonardo Morales (137)