Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Friday, July 2, 2010 | 4:35 p.m.
The weight limit for a heavyweight fighter competing in the UFC is 265 pounds.
Both fighters competing in Saturday's main event title fight would probably come in even heavier if they could.
Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar (4-1) and interim champion Shane Carwin (12-0) both weighed in at the 265-pound maximum during Friday's official weigh-in for UFC 116.
In addition to unifying the two heavyweight belts, Carwin said, there is an additional title on the line when the two meet at the MGM Grand Garden Arena this weekend.
"Tomorrow night, we find out who the baddest man on the planet is," Carwin said.
It's been almost a year since the last time Lesnar stepped into the octagon. A serious bout with diverticulitis forced Lesnar to withdraw from a title defense in November.
Lesnar reported losing more than 40 pounds while suffering from the stomach ailment.
He's spent the last six months putting that weight back on while making significant changes to his diet.
Despite the hardships he's dealt with, he was welcomed to the stage Friday by a wave of boos from the crowd. Showing little reaction to the crowd, Lesnar said he felt fortunate to be back.
"I'm just excited to get back in the octagon," Lesnar said. "It's been a long road back."
All 22 fighters ended up making weight for the UFC 116 card. In attendance at Friday's weigh-in was recent No. 1 NFL Draft pick and former Oklahoma University quarterback Sam Bradford.
Brock Lesnar (265) vs. Shane Carwin (265)
Yoshihiro Akiyama (185) vs. Chris Leben (186)
Krzystof Soszynski (205) vs. Stephan Bonnar (205)
George Sotiropoulos (156) vs. Kurt Pellegrino (155)
Chris Lytle (170) vs. Matt Brown (171)
Brendan Schaub (238) vs. Chris Tuchscherer (255)
Seth Petruzelli (205) vs. Ricardo Romero (206)
Kendall Grove (184) vs. Goran Reljic (186)
Dave Branch (185) vs. Gerald Harris (185)
Forrest Petz (170) vs. Daniel Roberts (169)
Karlos Vemola (222) vs. Jon Madsen (254)
Brett Okamoto can be reached at 948-7817 or [email protected].