The main event weigh-in produced some pushing and shoving Thursday as Evangelista “Cyborg” and “Smokin” Joey Villasenor squared off a day before their huge Strikeforce Challengers, middleweight fight to take place Friday, June 19, at the ShoWare Center at Kent, Wash., live on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
After Cyborg weighed in for their 185-pound fight at 184 ½ pounds and Villasenor 185 pounds, both fighters met face to face. Things got a little too close for comfort and Cyborg pressed his head hard against Villasenor who then pushed back before words were exchanged. At one point, Cyborg pushed Villasenor by the throat before both fighters had to be separated.
Each of the other eight fighters taking part in the televised portion of the show also made weight and squared off without incident.