M-1 Challenge 26 weigh-in results, photos and quotes

Fighters competing Friday at M-1 Challenge 26 (Bennett vs. Garner 2) at The Hangar at OC Fair & Event Center in Orange County, Calif., weighed in Thursday at Hooters in Costa Mesa.

M-1 Challenge 26 will broadcast LIVE on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on West Coast). Pat Bennett (4-2), of Marcellus, N.Y., will face off with Kenny “Deuce” Garner (6-3), of Port St. Lucie, Fla. in a rematch from a Sept. 2010 bout which Garner won via first round TKO.

M-1 Challenge 26 (Bennett vs. Garner 2) weigh-in results:

  • Pat Bennett – 240 pounds vs. Kenny Garner – 256.6 pounds
  • Arthur Guseinov – 183.4 pounds vs. Tyson Jeffries – 184.8 pounds
  • Mairbek Taisumov – 155 pounds vs. Josh Bacallao – 154 pounds
  • Daniel Weichel – 155.5 pounds vs. Beau Baker – 156 pounds
  • Jason Norwood – 184.6 pounds vs. Eddie Arizmendi – 186 pounds

Notable Quotes:

PAT BENNETT:

“I want it bad. I feel lucky to get rematch and the opportunity to get this one back. He’s the type of dude that if you give him an inch, he’ll take a mile.

KENNY GARNER:

“I got bigger, stronger and faster since we fought. If he’s looking at our last fight then he’s in trouble because I’ve gotten a lot better since then.

TYSON JEFFRIES:

“I sparred with Rampage Jackson for his fight with Lyoto Machida and he had zero takedowns against me.”

MAIRBEK TAISUMOV:

“My background is freestyle wrestling but I can adjust to my opponent.”

JOSH BACALLO:

“I enjoy striking and boxing but I’m not scared to fight on the ground. I enjoy the clinch.”

DANIEL WEICHEL:

“My MMA skills are getting more well-rounded. MMA is getting much more popular in Germany.”

BEAU BAKER:

“I’m my own trainer so you need to be self motivated. It can get difficult but you still have to dial in and get it done.”

JASON NORWOOD:

“He talks a good game but I don’t think he’s been tested. And he’s never been victorious against a fighter of my caliber.”

EDDIE ARIZMENDI:

“I haven’t lost in three years and I’ve learned a lot since then. “

Mauro Ranallo will call the action from ringside with Pat Miletich serving as analyst. For information on SHOWTIME Sports programming, including exclusive behind-the-scenes video and photo galleries, complete telecast information and more, please go to the new SHOWTIME Sports website at http://www.sho.com/sports.

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