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UFC 111 weigh-in: Markham misses weight, Hardy puts on show

Rory Markham weighs in at 177, Nate Diaz agrees to fight him at weight

UFC 111: Workouts

Georges St. Pierre and Dan Hardy talk to the media about Hardy's role as the underdog, while Shane Carwin and Frank Mir talk Brock Lesnar

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NEWARK, N.J. — Considering the energy Dan Hardy had during the official UFC 111 weigh-ins Friday in the Prudential Center, it was clear the welterweight couldn't wait to get in the octagon and put on a show Saturday night.

But since he does have to wait, Hardy went ahead and put on a show at the weigh-ins to hold himself over.

Known as one of the more polarizing fighters in the UFC, Hardy entered the arena Friday with red contact lenses and unzipped his sweatshirt to reveal a T-shirt with the words, 'I hate Dan Hardy' printed on the front.

Both he and current champion Georges St. Pierre weighed in at 170 pounds.

"I'm just excited man, I'm excited to be here," Hardy said. "It's going to be an explosive fight. I'm ready for 25 minutes. I can't wait."

St. Pierre, who is favored by some oddsmakers as high as a 13-to-1 favorite, said he was energized by the crowd that showed up for the weigh-ins and that he wasn't taking Hardy lightly.

"I don't care about the statistics, I don't care about any of that," St. Pierre said. "Just to see all these people here has pumped me up. I want to fight my fight and prove that I'm the best."

If the audience in attendance for the weigh-ins serves as any indication, fans are just as excited to see Frank Mir and Shane Carwin fight for the interim heavyweight title as they are the main event.

Both fighters received a warm welcome from the crowd and both weighed in at the 265-pound weight limit.

Every fighter on the UFC 111 card made weight except for Rory Markham, who was set to take on Nate Diaz. Diaz agreed to take the fight anyway, despite Markham weighing in at 177 pounds, six pounds over the welterweight limit.

Fights begin Saturday at 7:15 p.m. ET/4:15 p.m. PT.

Full Results:

Georges St-Pierre (170) vs. Dan Hardy (170)

Frank Mir (265) vs. Shane Carwin (265)

Fabricio Camoes (155) vs. Kurt Pellegrino (155)

Ben Saunders (169) vs. Jon Fitch (171)

Mark Bocek (154) vs. Jim Miller (155)

Rory Markham (177*) vs. Nate Diaz (171)

Matt Brown (170) vs. Ricardo Almeida (170)

Undercard (may not be broadcast)

Tomasz Drwal (185) vs. Rousimar Palhares (186)

Jared Hamman (205) vs. Rodney Wallace (206)

Greg Soto (170) vs. Matt Riddle (170)

Brett Okamoto can be reached at 948-7817 or [email protected]. Also follow him on twitter: LVSunFighting.

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