Reigning champion Junior dos Santos checked in at 239 pounds for his five-round battle with former titleholder Cain Velasquez (240) in the UFC 155 main event on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The eight other men with appointments on the main card, including lightweight co-headliners Jim Miller (156) and Joe Lauzon (156), also met their contracted weight requirements without incident at Friday’s official weigh-in.Sherdog Fantasy MMA: UFC 155 Free Fan Pick’Em
Anchored at the American Kickboxing Academy, Velasquez last appeared at UFC 146 in May, when he put a savage beating on former EliteXC champion Antonio Silva en route to a first-round TKO. The 30-year-old Salinas, Calif., native was a two-time NCAA All-American wrestler at Arizona State University and transitioned seamlessly to mixed martial arts. According to FightMetric figures, Velasquez lands more strikes per minute (7.47) than any fighter in UFC history. Wins over former World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Brock Lesnar, onetime Pride heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and French kickboxer Cheick Kongo buoy his resume. Velasquez has compiled an 8-1 mark in the UFC.
UFC 155 “Dos Santos vs. Velasquez 2” -- which airs live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT -- will also feature a trio of middleweight matches, as the world-ranked Tim Boetsch (186) locks horns with Constantinos Philippou (186), Alan Belcher (186) meets Yushin Okami (184) and Chris Leben (185) collides with Strikeforce import Derek Brunson (185).
Two hours prior, the FX network will carry four preliminary bouts: Brad Pickett (136) vs. Eddie Wineland (135), Erik Perez (136) vs. Byron Bloodworth (136), Melvin Guillard (155) vs. Jamie Varner (155) and Michael Johnson (154) vs. Myles Jury (155). The three remaining fights will stream to the UFC’s Facebook page at 6:35 p.m. ET/3:35 p.m. PT, as Todd Duffee (249) takes on Philip De Fries (245), Leonard Garcia (146) toes the line against Max Holloway (145) and Chris Cariaso (125) squares off with John Moraga (126).
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