JARAGUA DO SUL, Brazil – MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps
) was on scene and reporting live from today's UFC on FX 8 fighter weigh-ins, which saw an intense faceoff between the event's headliners.
The weigh-ins took place at Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil, which also hosts Saturday's FX-televised event. Middleweights Vitor Belfort and Luke Rockhold were among the 26 fights weighing in.
However, their weigh-in quickly turned to shoves. After Belfort matched his opponent and weighed 186 pounds, he went chin to chin with Rockhold during the customary faceoff. However, after admitting that Belfort's fist-under-the-chin pose annoyed him on Thursday at the event's press conference, Rockhold stepped right through it and closed the distance. Belfort immediately shoved him, though UFC executive Marshall Zelaznik and other officials quickly separated the fighters.
An intense Belfort then pointed and yelled at the crowd while looking at Rockhold and making a neck-slashing gesture.
Although many fighters, including Rockhold, had to strip naked to make weight, only one competitor officially missed the mark. Preliminary-card competitor John Cholish weighed 156.2 pounds but quickly got down to 156 in the allotted hour.
The official UFC on FX 8 weigh-in results included:
MAIN CARD (FX, 9 p.m. ET)
•Vitor Belfort (186) vs. Luke Rockhold (186)
•Chris Camozzi (186) vs. Ronaldo Souza (186)
•Rafael dos Anjos (156) vs. Evan Dunham (156)
•Rafael Natal (186) vs. Joao Zeferino (185)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FUEL TV, 6 p.m. ET)
•Hacran Dias (146) vs. Nik Lentz (146)
•Mike Rio (156) vs. Francisco Trinaldo (154)
•John Cholish (156) vs. Gleison Tibau (156)
•Michel Prazeres (171) vs. Paulo Thiago (170)
•Yuri Alcantara (136) vs. Iliarde Santos (134)
•Roger Hollett (204) vs. Fabio Maldonado (205)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 4:30 p.m. ET)
•Azamat Gashimov (126) vs. John Lineker (126)
•Chris Cariaso (126) vs. Jussier Formiga (126)
•Jeremy Larsen (155) vs. Lucas Martins (153)