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UFC 107 weigh-in: For mature audiences only

Six fighters forced to shed all clothing in order to make weight

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — There was a little male nudity during the official UFC 107 weigh-in Friday at the FedEx Forum.

A lot of male nudity, actually.

Six different fighters had to remove all their clothing in order to make weight for Saturday's fights. It happened so much, in fact, that officials from the UFC and the Tennessee State Athletic Commission stopped the process several times to make sure the scale had been properly balanced.

"It was balanced before the weigh-ins, but it might have been a couple ounces off," said Jeff Mullen, the executive director of the Tennessee commission. "We rebalanced it again before the main event weigh-in."

In the end, all fighters that initially came in a pound or two over made weight by shedding their boxers or shorts. Any fighter that comes in overweight has two hours to either lose the weight or forfeit a percentage of his purse.

After lightweight champion B.J. Penn weighed in at 155, top lightweight contender and main-event fighter Diego Sanchez weighed in one pound heavy at 156. That normally would be fine, but in championship bouts fighters don't receive the typical extra pound of leeway.

After removing his shorts, Sanchez came in at 154.5 pounds, meaning his shorts alone weighed 1.5 pounds.

While that seemed puzzling to many in attendance, Mullen said that the fighters were all losing between 1-to-1.5 pounds by removing all their clothing.

"Once he removed his shorts he weighed 154.5," Mullen said. "Every fighter that was taking his shorts off was losing about 1.5 pounds, that must be what those things weigh."

Not every fighter was able to make weight simply by stripping, as a middleweight fight between Alan Belcher and Wilson Gouveia was changed to a catchweight bout of 195 pounds when one of the fighters missed. The switch happened when Gouveia announced he was stuck at 190 pounds and couldn't get lower.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir weighed in at a bulky 264.5 pounds, 20 pounds heavier than he's been in recent fights. Mir was involved in probably the most interesting staredown of the event, as his opponent, Cheick Kongo, refused to look at him and turned his back.

Full Results:

B.J. Penn (155) vs. Diego Sanchez (154.5)

Frank Mir (264.5) vs. Cheick Kongo (239)

Kenny Florian (156) vs. Clay Guida (156)

Paul Buentello (255) vs. Stefan Struve (247)

Jon Fitch (171) vs. Mike Pierce (171)

Alan Belcher (195) vs. Wilson Gouveia (193)

Matt Wiman (156) vs. Shane Nelson (156)

Johny Hendricks (171) vs. Ricardo Funch (171)

Rousimar Palhares (186) vs. Lucio Linhares (185)

DaMarques Johnson (171) vs. Edgar Garcia (171)

Kevin Burns (171) vs. T.J. Grant (171)

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

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