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UFC 141 weigh-in: Heavyweight giants set to battle at Friday night fight card

All fighters on target, though it took a second attempt from Nate Diaz

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Heavyweight Brock Lesnar, left, and Alistair Overeem during the UFC 141 weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011.

Weigh-in for UFC 141

Heavyweight Alistair Overeem leaves the UFC 141 weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. Overeem faces Brock Lesnar at the arena Friday. Launch slideshow »

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The fight poster promoting UFC 141 illustrated Brock Lesnar as nine pounds heavier than main event opponent Alistiar Overeem.

The difference wasn’t as significant Thursday when the two weighed in for tomorrow night’s headlining bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Lesnar came in at the heavyweight limit of 266 pounds, only three more pounds than Overeem.

“Tomorrow is going to be pretty short,” Overeem told the crowd after he made weight. “I’m predicting a first, and if not a first, a second round knockout.”

Lesnar rushed off of the stage and out of sight after posing for a staredown photo, not sticking around for the traditional quick interview with UFC commentator Joe Rogan.

Lesnar and Overeem did not shake hands. Neither did the participants in the co-main event, lightweights Donald Cerrone and Nate Diaz, who have spent the week warring through their words.

They continued to jaw at each other during their staredown pose, but unlike their encounter at Wednesday’s press conference, nothing escalated further. There were more pressing concerns after they both weighed in.

Diaz was the only fighter who missed weight out of the 22 competitors scheduled for UFC 141. He came in one pound more than the limit at 157 pounds.

Although Cerrone said he didn’t care and suggested letting the fight go on anyway, Diaz lost the additional pound and weighed in at 156 pounds less than an hour later.

He will not incur any penalties for coming in over weight initially.

The rest of the fighters on the card greeted each other cordially, with the slight exception of lightweights Jacob Volkmann (155) and Efrain Escudero (155).

Volkmann brought out a wrapped gift and handed it to Escudero before he took the scale. Escudero passed the present to a corner man, who promptly tossed it behind his back. They refused to give Volkmann the satisfaction of opening the gift.

Check below for full results from the UFC 141 weigh-in.

Heavyweight Bout: Brock Lesnar (266) vs. Alistair Overeem (263)

Lightweight Bout: Nate Diaz (156) vs. Donald Cerrone (156)

Welterweight Bout: Jon Fitch (171) vs. Johny Hendricks (170)

Light Heavyweight Bout: Vladimir Matyushenko (205) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (203)

Featherweight Bout: Nam Phan (146) vs. Jim Hettes (145)

Featherweight Bout: Ross Pearson (145) vs. Junior Assuncao (145)

Lightweight Bout: Anthony Njokuani (154) vs. Danny Castillo (156)

Welterweight Bout: Dong Hyun Kim (171) vs. Sean Pierson (171)

Lightweight Bout: Jacob Volkmann (155) vs. Efrain Escudero (155)

Welterweight Bout: Matt Riddle (170) vs. Luis Ramos (171)

Featherweight Bout: Manvel Gamburyan (146) vs. Diego Nunes (145)

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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