SEATTLE -- A bizarre scene unfolded at the UFC on FOX 5 weigh-ins on Friday afternoon, with Nate Diaz missing weight by .6 pounds but the mistake going unnoticed and unmentioned by the officials at Seattle's Key Arena.
Unlike non-title bouts, which allow competitors a one-pound allowance, championship bouts require fighters to weigh-in at or below the division's allotted weight. A visibly angry Diaz, apparently unaware of the rule, was brought back on stage after the crowd had dispersed, where he failed to make weight a second time, tipping in at 155.2 pounds even after losing his shorts.
Roughly thirty minutes later Diaz finally found his mark, weighing 155 pounds on his third try while the few remaining fans whooped and cheered for the popular Stockton fighter.
Meanwhile, UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson entered the arena to a booming hometown welcome. Sporting a vintage Gary Payton Seattle Supersonics jersey, the fired up Seattle native successfully weighed in at 154.6 pounds.
Co-main event fighters Mauricio Rua and Alexander Gustafsson were all smiles in advance of their No. 1 contender bout. Rua hit the 205-pound limit on the dot, while Gustafsson came in slightly above at 205.4. According to UFC President Dana White, the winner of the light heavyweight fight is expected to receive the next shot at Jon Jones' belt.
Fighting for the first time since announcing his retirement last year, B.J. Penn unquestionably received the loudest ovation of the afternoon. The former multi-division champion tipped the scales at a trim 168.2 pounds. His 23-year-old opponent, TriStar prospect Rory MacDonald, entered the arena under a cascade of boos before weighing in at 170.2 pounds.
Complete results of the UFC on FOX 5 weigh-ins can be seen below.
Preliminary card (FX)
Yves Edwards (155) vs. Jeremy Stephens (155.8)
Raphael Assuncao (136)** vs. Mike Easton (135)
Ramsey Nijem (155.4) vs. Joe Proctor (154.6)
Daron Cruickshank (155) vs. Henry Martinez (158.8)***
Marcus LeVesseur (155.4) vs. Abel Trujillo (155.4)
Dennis Siver (146) vs. Nam Phan (145.4)
* Fighter initially weighed 155.6 lbs., made weight on third attempt
** Fighter initially weighed 136.4 lbs.
*** Fighter has agreed to forfeit 20% of his purse