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UFC 104 weigh-in blog: Johnson misses weight by six pounds

Three fighters over weight; Anderson Silva accompanies Machida to stage

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Anthony Johnson (left) and Yoshiyuki Yoshida face-off during the UFC 104 weigh-ins at the L.A. Live Event Deck Friday in Los Angeles.

UFC 104 Weigh-Ins

UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (left) and challenger Mauricio Rua face-off during the weigh-ins at the L.A. Live Event Deck Friday in Los Angeles.  The two will headline Saturdays fight at the Staples Center. Launch slideshow »

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LOS ANGELES — There are some UFC cards where the weigh-in serves as more of a formality than of anything of real significance.

The fighters hop on the scale, make weight, square off for the cameras and maybe throw some free souvenirs to fans on their way out.

Leading up to Saturday’s action in the Octagon however, Friday’s weigh-in for UFC 104 provided a little drama of its own.

Welterweight Anthony Johnson, who had reported to training camp 50 pounds overweight, weighed in at 176 pounds and was rumored to have been carried down the street earlier Friday morning when he was too weak to walk after trying to cut to 170.

According to UFC matchmaker Joe Silva, Johnson will still face Yoshiyuki Yoshida Saturday night but will lose 20 percent of his purse — with 10 percent being awarded to Yoshida.

Also coming in heavy were Gleison Tibau and Josh Neer — Tibau at 157 and Neer at 156.5. Instead of trying to cut to 155, the two fighters agreed to face each other as they were.

Other than that, it was the usual UFC weigh-in, as fans packed into a tent located on the roof of a parking garage near Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Main event fighters Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua and Lyoto Machida brought out the most noise from the crowd. Rua weighed in at 204.5 pounds; Machida at 202.5.

Middleweight champion Anderson Silva accompanied his close friend Machida to the stage.

Full Results:

Mauricio Rua (204.5) v. Lyoto Machida (202.5)

Ben Rothwell (265) v. Cain Velasquez (238)

Gleison Tibau (157) v. Josh Neer (156.5)

Spencer Fisher (155) v. Joe Stevenson (155.5)

Yoshiyuki Yoshida (170) v. Anthony Johnson (176)

Pat Barry (237) v. Antoni Hardonk (249.5)

Chael Sonnen (185) v. Yushin Okami (185)

Rob Kimmons (185) v. Jorge Rivera (185)

Eric Schafer (205.5) v. Ryan Bader (205)

Razak Al-Hassan (204.5) v. Kyle Kingsbury (205.5)

Chase Gormley (262) v. Stefan Struve (243.5)

Brett Okamoto can be reached at 948-7817 or [email protected].

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