Rua appears primed to make a run at championship gold.
UFC 134 weigh-ins took place earlier today with all 22 fighters stepping on the scale and successfully making weight.
UFC middleweight champion and pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami each made the 185-pound limit.
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Forrest Griffin appeared in tremendous shape for the rematch, which will be the night’s co-main event.
Additionally, the six remaining main card fighters looked sharp and charged up for the organizations return to Brazil.
Who were the biggest winners and losers at weigh-ins? Follow inside to learn who has the edge heading into tomorrow night's action.
Ross Pearson (12-4 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Edson Barboza (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) each tipped the scales at a shredded 155 pounds.
Both men rely heavily on their striking and they appeared to be in tremendous shape at weigh-ins.
A quick and explosive fight should be expected in this lightweight matchup with a slight edge going to Pearson.
"The Ultimate Fighter 9" winner should be able to use his elite conditioning to get the action to the canvas where he can grind out a decision victory.
Luiz Cane (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) appeared to be more physically fit than Stanislav Nedkov (11-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who weighed in at 204 pounds.
Cane tipped the scales two and a half pounds lighter than his previous fight at 203 pounds and looked sharp.
Nedkov hasn’t fought in 15 months and the results showed on the scales.
Cane should enter the Octagon as a heavy favorite seeing that he's the more physically fit of the two and the more talented fighter.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (32-6-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) hasn’t competed since February, 2010 due to surgeries to correct lingering health problems. “Big Nog” hit the scales at 243 pounds, which is 10 pounds heavier than his previous trip to Octagon and he’s looked far better in times past. The long delay between fights and the damage that his body has sustained over the years has taken its toll on him.
His opponent, a much younger Brendan Schaub (8-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) looked powerful at 247 pounds. The former NFL player is coming into his prime as a professional fighter and appears to be in phenomenal condition. Expect Schaub to be quicker, stronger, and overall the better conditioned fighter.
Anticipate Schaub being the superior fighter physically as he uses it to his advantage in claiming victory.
Ultimate Fighter Season 1 winner and former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin (18-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) looked amped as he darted on stage and directly to the scales. Griffin came in at a lean 205 pounds and should be light on his feet tomorrow night, which could be part of his strategy.
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (19-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) returns to action for the first time since a March title loss at UFC 128. The former champion stepped on the scales at a lean 205 pounds. Rua appears to be in the best shape we’ve seen him in since he’s entered the UFC.
Rua reunited with King’s MMA head coach Rafael Cordeiro in California and if physical appearance tells the story then he’s primed for a rise back to the light heavyweight championship.
Yushin Okami (26-5 MMA, 10-2 UFC) comes into hostile territory in fantastic shape at 183 pounds. Japan’s most successful fighter in the history of UFC looked strong and athletic. Okami set up training with Chael Sonnen in Oregon and the benefits are visible in his physique and he’ll need to be in superior condition in order to best the champion.
Anderson Silva (30-4 MMA, 13-0 UFC) was heavily applauded by his Brazilian fans as he weighed in at 184 pounds. Silva appeared to be in usual top shape as he attempts to make his ninth title defense. Expect a quick and agile champion to enter the Octagon tomorrow night.
Silva appears strong and one should expect him to be in peak condition. A healthy and strong Silva retains his title.
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