If there's one pre-fight perk to an all-heavyweight main card, it's less stressful weigh-ins. Both UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos and top contender Frank Mir easily made weight at Friday's UFC 146 weigh-ins, rendering their title tilt official.
Dos Santos, who was met with a rousing ovation from the crowd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, was all smiles as he checked in at a trim 239 pounds. Though as expected, Mir will enter with a substantial size advantage after the former two-time champ tipped the scales at 261 pounds.
Both men remained respectful throughout the proceedings, and after a quick staredown Mir took the mic.
"Dos Santos knows what it's like to be the champ, and I'm going to try to take that away from him," Mir declared. "I think that's what going to make him fight the hardest.
"Both of us are first-round fighters who can finish guys quick. I think it's going to be a fast and explosive fight."
Dos Santos, winner of nine straight and listed as high as a 4-to-1 favorite on several sportsbooks, calmly fired back.
"It's not like that for me. I'm ready for this fight," the champ said. "If he's not ready, it's going to be a fast fight.
"It's going to be a knockout in the second round."
Meanwhile, the remainder of the heavyweight main card easily met their required weight, including co-main eventers Cain Velasquez and Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva. Velasquez, who looks to rebound from his 64-second championship loss to dos Santos, scaled in at 240 pounds, while Strikeforce import Silva peaked out at 264 pounds for his UFC debut.
Main card (Pay-per-view):
Junior dos Santos (239) vs. Frank Mir (261)
Cain Velasquez (240) vs. Antonio Silva (264)
Roy Nelson (254) vs. Dave Herman (233)
Stipe Miocic (245) vs. Shane del Rosario (246)
Stefan Struve (255) vs. Lavar Johnson (248)