Rich Franklin. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.
Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort hit the marks for their UFC 126 middleweight title bout tomorrow night in Las Vegas, and then nearly came to blows during a staredown.
In response to remarks Belfort made about Silva "wearing a mask" as a fighter, the champion did just that, donning a plain white mask and going nose-to-nose with Belfort. The two exchanged words and had to be held back by their cornermen before being separated.
All fighters successfully made weight with the exception of Mike Pierce, who weighed in one pound over the welterweight limit. Video of the weigh-ins are after the jump.
Anderson Silva. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and opponent Vitor Belfort were in attendance for the UFC 126 pre-fight press conference on Wednesday in Las Vegas.
Also answering questions for the media were UFC President Dana White, Rich Franklin, Forrest Griffin, Jon Jones and Ryan Bader.
Video of the press conference can be seen after the jump.
Ryan Bader. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
A pair of fights have reportedly been added to the yet-to-be-announced UFC Fight Night 18 show that is rumored to be taking place on April 1 in Nashville, Tennessee - Ryan Bader vs. Carmelo Marrero and Aaron Simpson vs. Tim McKenzie.
Five Ounces of Pain is reporting both fights as taking place at the event, citing sources close to some of the participating fighters.
Bader will be fighting for the first formal time in the UFC after defeating jiu-jitsu champion Vinicius Magalhaes to win the light heavyweight portion of the eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” at the show’s finale in December. The Arizona Combat Sports product remains undefeated thus far in his professional career.
The full lineup for the Finale of the Ultimate Fighter 8 reality series has been set. The live telecast will be on SpikeTV from The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday, December 13 at 9:00pm EST. There are five fights set for the broadcast at this time. In what may be a first in a long time, all 16 participants who competed while living in the TUF house will be on the card.
Efrain Escudero vs. Phillipe Nover for the TUF 8 lightweight finale
Ryan Bader vs. Vinicius Magalhaes for the TUF 8 light heavyweights finale
Wilson Gouveia vs. Jason MacDonald
Kevin Burns vs. Anthony Johnson
Junie Browning vs. Dave Kaplan
Shane Primm vs. Krzysztof Soszynski
Jules Bruchez vs. Eliot Marshall
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Tom Lawlor
Shane Nelson vs. George Roop
John Polakowski vs. Rolando Delgado