All fighters for UFC FIGHT NIGHT 17 made weight today although Josh Neer and Rich Clementi both weighed in at 156.5 on their first attempt. The main event will feature Jeremy Stephens vs Joe Lauzon. Lauzon was originally slated to fight Hermes Franca, a training partner of Stephens, until he had to pull out due to injury.
There has been some much publicized bad blood between Franca and Lauzon leading up to the fight even though Franca pulled out and as the UFC fighters stepped into the sauna in Tampa for last minute weight cutting, the air became a bit tense as Franca was in the sauna to support his friend Jeremy Stephens at the same time Lauzon was also cutting weight. The situation did not escalate but one can imagine it was uncomfortable considering the exchange of words that have taken place this week.
Jeremy Stephens (156) VS Joe Lauzon (156)
Josh Neer (156) VS Mac Danzig (154.5)
Denis Stojnic (246) VS Cain Velasquez (239)
Anthony Johnson (171) VS Luigi Fioravanti (171)
Rob Emerson (153.5) VS Kurt Pellegrino (155)
Nick Catone (184) VS Derek Downey (185.5)
Matt Grice (156) VS Matt Veach (156)
Rich Clementi (156) VS Gleison Tibau (155.5)
Jake Rosholt (185.5) VS Dan Miller (186)
Matt Riddle (171) VS Steve Bruno (171)