UFC 133: Top 10 Images from the Weigh-Ins in Philadelphia

Todd SeylerContributor IAugust 5, 2011

UFC 133: Top 10 Images from the Weigh-Ins in Philadelphia

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    UFC 133 live from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will take place tomorrow, Saturday, August 6.

    Highlighting the night's action will be a light heavyweight battle between two former champions, "Suga" Rashad Evans and "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz.

    No love lost between these two competitors after their initial matchup back at UFC 73 in July of 2007; both fighters fully realize the magnitude of a victory in their ascension to reclaim championship gold.

    The remaining main event duel on the evening's card features the lightning fast hands and devastating knockout power of "The Phenom" Vitor Belfort versus the iron chin and showmanship of the judo black belt, Yoshihiro "Sexyama" Akiyama.

    Just a few short hours ago live in Philadelphia, the competitors for tomorrow night's event tipped the scales for the official weigh-ins.

    Please follow along with the top 10 images from those weigh-ins.

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No. 10: Jorge "El Conquistador" Rivera vs Constantinos "Cyprus" Phillipou

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    Fighting on the main card in middleweight action, the hard-hitting Jorge Santiago will challenge the equally explosive Constantinos Phillipou.

    Both competitors enjoy standing and trading in the center of the Octagon and there is no doubt that both men will be looking for the Knockout of the Night honors.

    With a propensity to stand and trade, both Rivera and Phillipou will be aggressive this Saturday and leave fight fans on the edge of their seats.

No. 9: Ivan "The Pride of El Salvador" Menjivar Does Not Make Weight

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    Contracted to fight Nick Pace at 136 pounds, Ivan Menjivar weighs in at 138 pounds, two pounds over the maximum.

    Agreeing to compete at a catch-weight of 138 pounds, Menjivar will sacrifice 20 percent of his show money to compete against Pace tomorrow evening at UFC 133. 

No. 8: Dennis "Superman" Hallman vs Brian "Bad Boy" Ebersole

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    Potential for Submission of the Night honors, these two welterweight competitors possess a combined 58 submission victories between the two of them.

    Both have highly touted victories over top-tier talent within the UFC. And both will be looking to continue to climb the ranks of the deep UFC welterweight division.

    This will be an amazing matchup of jiu-jitsu brilliance and ground game techniques.

No. 7: Nick Pace Modeling as an Anatomy Illustration

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    An absolutely shredded Nick Pace displays his physique as he successfully weighs in at the 136-pound maximum to compete against Ivan Menjivar.

    Because Menjivar was not successful in his weigh-in, this contest will now take place at a 138-pound catch-weight.

No. 6: Chad "Money Shot" Mendes vs Rani Yahya

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    In a featherweight bout, the undefeated Chad Mendes will take his 10-0 record inside the Octagon against the BJJ black belt Rani Yahya.

    Known for his wrestling pedigree, Mendes's strength as a grappler falls into Yahya's strength as a jiu-jitsu master. 

    With 14 submission victories to his credit, the Brazilian Yahya will definitely be looking to capitalize on a mistake by Mendes and knock the Alpha Male prodigy off of his unblemished pedestal.

No. 5: Matt "The Hammer" Hamill vs Alexander "The Mauler" Gustafsson

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    Taking this fight on short notice after an injury to Vladimir Matyushenko, Matt Hamill will be looking for an upset defeat of the hard-hitting Swede, Alexander Gustafsson.

    Hamill, needing a decisive victory over "The Mauler," will rely on his wrestling pedigree to ground the kickboxing specialist and limit Gustafsson's opportunities on his feet.

    A talented fighter, balanced in both his ground game and stand-up arsenal, Gustafsson is looking for his third straight victory inside the famed Octagon.

No. 4: Rory "The Waterboy" MacDonald vs Mike "Quicksand" Pyle

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    A welterweight prospect with little holes in his game, Rory "The Waterboy" MacDonald wants to continue to ride his wave of momentum after a thorough beat-down of Nate Diaz at UFC 129.

    Opposing this rising star is the seasoned veteran, Mike Pyle. The only man to defeat Jon Fitch, "Quicksand" will bring his 17 submission victories to the Octagon against "The Waterboy."

    An exciting matchup with tremendous implications for the victor, this welterweight duel will leave the fans on their feet at the Wells Fargo Center.

No. 3: Brian Ebersole Looking Disgusting

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    Brian Ebersole, please put a shirt on. 

No. 2: "The Phenom" Vitor Belfort vs Yoshihiro "Sexyama" Akiyama

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    The night's co-main event features a middleweight matchup between former UFC light heavyweight champion, Vitor Belfort and the Japanese sensation, Yoshihiro Akiyama.

    Known for his boxing prowess possessing lightning fast hands with explosive power, Belfort will be looking to add to the 13 knockout tally on his impressive resume.

    A judo black belt with excellent power and blessed with an iron chin, Akiyama will need to ground "The Phenom" for a chance in this matchup.

    An interesting clash of styles, this co-main event has the potential for an excellent fight for the fans.

No. 1: "Suga" Rashad Evans vs "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz

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    Can you feel the tension in the air, fight fans! Even Bruce Buffer looks on with trepidation in the background.

    A stare down for the history books. This main event between Evans and Ortiz will be explosive. Both fighters understand the importance of a victory in challenging for the UFC light heavyweight gold.

    And both fighters have savored the championship limelight in the past and want to taste success yet again.

    If this matchup is anything like the stare down between Evans and Ortiz, then UFC 133 live from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will not disappoint.