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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — It would have taken Nate Diaz two days to drive to the Izod Center from his home in Stockton, Calif.
It took UFC on FOX 3 main event opponent Jim Miller 30 minutes from his home in Whippany, N.J.
“It’s like behind enemy lines,” Diaz said in a video at Friday’s weigh-in. “But whatever.”
Diaz (156) appeared unbothered by the boos he received when posing for a stare-down photo with Miller (156) after the two made weight ahead of their main event bout scheduled for Saturday.
Every fighter on the main card, which airs at 5 p.m. on FOX, came in on weight at the Izod Center. Flyweight John Lineker (127) missed by a pound but will receive a second chance on the scale before his bout against Louis Gaudinot (126) later tonight.
“This is a great fight,” Miller said. “You’ve got two of the baddest men on the planet getting locked in a cage.”
Nothing more than scowls were exchanged at the weigh-in, highlighted by the intense face-offs for the main and co-main events. Diaz sneered at Miller but didn’t come close enough to incite any major confrontation.
“He’s tough,” Diaz said. “He’s a very good opponent. I train hard with the best team in the world.”
Josh Koscheck (170.5) got uncomfortably close to Johny Hendricks (170.5) after their welterweight bout became official.
As with the majority of his fights, Koscheck has talked trash and attempted to make the bout with Hendricks personal. But Hendricks, who was a national champion wrestler in college like Koscheck, hasn’t bit by firing any words back in retaliation.
Several fighters had interesting wardrobe choices. “The Ultimate Fighter” 14 champion John Dodson (126) sported Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pajama pants and Team Alpha Male’s Danny Castillo (155) wore a tear-off suit.
Check below for full results from the UFC on FOX 3 weigh-in.
Lightweight bout: Nate Diaz (156) vs. Jim Miller (156)
Welterweight bout: Josh Koscheck (170.5) vs. Johny Hendricks (170.5)
Middleweight bout: Rousimar Palhares (186) vs. Alan Belcher (186)
Heavyweight bout: Pat Barry (244) vs. Lavar Johnson (253)
Lightweight bout: Tony Ferguson (154.5) vs. Michael Johnson (156)
Flyweight bout: John Dodson (126) vs. Tim Elliott (125)
Welterweight bout: John Hathaway (169) vs. Pascal Krauss (169)
Flyweight bout: Louis Gaudinot (126) vs. John Lineker (127)
Lightweight bout: Danny Castillo (155) vs. John Cholish (155.5)
Featherweight bout: Dennis Bermudez (145) vs. Pablo Garza (145)
Bantamweight bout: Roland Delorme (135) vs. Nick Denis (135)
Middleweight bout: Mike Massenzio (184) vs. Karlos Vemola (185)