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
“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.
“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.
“I sparred with Rampage Jackson for his fight with Lyoto Machida and he had zero takedowns against me.”
“My background is freestyle wrestling but I can adjust to my opponent.”
“I enjoy striking and boxing but I’m not scared to fight on the ground. I enjoy the clinch.”
“My MMA skills are getting more well-rounded. MMA is getting much more popular in Germany.”
“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.”
“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.”
“I haven’t lost in three years and I’ve learned a lot since then. “
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