Heavy drama at UFC 160 weigh-in

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A.J. Perez

A.J. Perez previously worked at USA Today, AOL and CBSSports.com, covering beats ranging from performance-enhancing drugs to the NHL. He has also been a finalist for an Associated Press Sports Editors award for investigative reporting. Follow him on Twitter.



The top two fights on Saturday's UFC 160 card feature the organization's top heavyweights — and a couple did come close to the 265-pound upper limit of the division at the weigh-ins at the MGM Grand on Friday.


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But two fighters lower on Saturday’s card — Nah-Shon Burrell and Khabib Nurmagomedov — actually tipped the scales.

Burrell, who faces Stephen Thompson in the early prelims, initially weighed 172 pounds, one pound over the upper limit for welterweight. (He had missed weight in his UFC debut in February, a bout where he beat Yuri Villefort by decision.) Khabib Nurmagomedov, who scuffled briefly in the stare-down with opponent Abel Trujillo, was logged at 158.5, two pounds over the lightweight limit.

Within the hour, Burrell cut the one pound needed.

“Weight made!” Burrell wrote on Twitter.

Nurmagomedov decided not to attempt the last-minute cut and was fined 20 percent of his purse, UFC spokesman Dave Sholler told FOXSports.com. The fine will be split evenly between the Nevada State Athletic Commission and Trujillo.

Heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez came in at 240 and his opponent in the main event, Antonio Silva was 263. In the co-main, former heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos was 239 and challenger Mark Hunt was 264.

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