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SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem are on the fans’ side when it comes to the inaugural UFC on FOX main event Saturday.
Lesnar and Overeem, who held a press conference to promote their UFC 141 bout Friday before the fighters on this weekend’s card weighed in, both picked Cain Velasquez over Junior dos Santos.
The champion seems to have garnered more public support than the challenger, as evidenced by Velasquez getting bet up to a 2-to-1 favorite. The approximately 2,000 fans in attendance at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium Friday gave Velasquez a rousing ovation as he weighed in at 249 pounds.
But dos Santos, who tipped the scales at 239 pounds, turned boos to cheers when he promised excitement tomorrow at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
“Just one thing,” dos Santos said. “Get ready for a war.”
The bout, of course, will become the first UFC matchup to air live on network television. The heavyweight title fight comes on at 6 p.m. on FOX after a full preliminary card streaming on facebook.
The winner of Lesnar vs. Overeem at the end of the year will get the first shot at whoever is crowned tomorrow night.
“Dos Santos says he wants to knock me out,” Velasquez said in a prerecorded video. “But I’m going to take the fight to him.”
Lesnar and Overeem weren’t the only fighters in a title eliminator bout on hand at the weigh-ins. It’s also expected that the UFC on FOX co-main event between Clay Guida and Ben Henderson, who both weighed in at 156 pounds, will determine the No. 1 lightweight contender.
UFC announcer Joe Rogan seemed to confirm it Friday, introducing Guida and Henderson by saying the winner will take on lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. The championship bout is expected for early next year.
Check below for full results from the UFC on FOX 1 weigh-ins.
Heavyweight Championship Bout: Cain Velasquez (249) vs. Junior dos Santos (239)
Lightweight Bout: Clay Guida (156) vs. Ben Henderson (156)
Featherweight Bout: Dustin Poirier (146) vs. Pablo Garza (145)
Featherweight Bout: Cub Swanson (145) vs. Ricardo Lamas (145)
Welterweight Bout: DaMarques Johnson (171) vs. Clay Harvison (169)
Bantamweight Bout: Norifumi Yamamoto (135) vs. Darren Uyenoyama (135)
Featherweight Bout: Mackens Sermerzier (146) vs. Robert Peralta (145)
Bantamweight Bout: Alex Caceres (136) vs. Cole Escovedo (134)
Middleweight Bout: Mike Pierce (171) vs. Paul Bradley (171)
Light Heavyweight Bout: Aaron Rosa (204) vs. Matt Lucas (203)