The weigh-ins just wrapped up a little while ago. By far, the biggest star in the room was Randy Couture, who will be cornering Jay Hieron on Saturday night. Even people who just happened to be hanging around at Buffalo Wild Wings were excited to see Couture. I overheard a teenager talking on his cell phone about how awesome it was to see Couture in person, and I have to admit that even I was pretty ecstatic about getting to talk to him.
As for the guys who will actually be fighting tomorrow night, everyone looked ready and focused. If the rumors that Palaszewski is distracted are true, you couldn’t tell it by looking at him. Both he and Horodecki looked ready to go at it, and it’s clear that there is a lot of mutual respect between them. Their first fight was probably one of the most exciting matches I’ve ever seen in person, and there’s no reason not to expect that the rematch will be just as good.
Schoenauer looked to be in great shape when he stepped on the scales. Kurt Otto held the light heavyweight championship belt up as he and Matyushenko stared one another down, and I noticed Vladdy taking a few peaks at it. He even touched the belt lightly on his way back to his seat, almost as if he were trying to imagine what it’s going to feel like to own it.
Mark Coleman was also on hand for the weigh in, as was Joe “Daddy” Stevenson.
One of my favorite guys in the IFL, Bryan Vetell, weighed in at 266, the limit for his contest with Roy Nelson. The sheepish look on his face as he almost tip-toed onto the scales was priceless, as if somehow he could sneak past it if he were careful enough. Then he couldn’t stop smiling during the staredown. You have to love that guy.
In other news, I recommend the Parmesan Garlic sauce down at Buffalo Wild Wings. My current wing count is twelve. I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me.