MMA Odds and Ends for Friday: UFC 162 Weigh-In Results & Other News and Notes

Chris Weidman All 22 fighters today stepped on the scale in advance of this weekend’s UFC 162 card, and all 22 fighters successfully made weight. Here are the weights of all the fighters on the card, in pounds: Anderson Silva (184) vs. Chris Weidman (185) Frankie Edgar (146) vs. Charles Oliveira (144) Roger Gracie (186) vs. Tim Kennedy (186) Tim Boetsch (186) vs. Mark Munoz (185) Dennis Siver (145) vs. Cub Swanson (144) Chris Leben (186) vs. Andrew Craig (186) Kazuki Tokudome (155) vs. Norman Parke (156) Dave Herman (242) vs. Gabriel Gonzaga (262) Edson Barboza (155) vs. Rafaello Oliveira (155) Seth Baczynski (170) vs. Brian Melancon (170) Mike Pierce (171) vs. David Mitchell (171) Werdum Wants Cormier UFC heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum walked into UFC president Dana White’s office this week and asked for a fight with Daniel Cormier. The news is directly from White himself, who told reporters at a media scrum this week that Cormier is the guy that Werdum wants next. This is an intriguing matchup and obviously if it happens the winner of the fight would of course be in line for the next crack at the UFC heavyweight title. Werdum is 3-0 since returning to the UFC and he picked up a submission victory over legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira last month in Brazil, while Cormier won the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix and was victorious in his UFC debut in defeating former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir with relative ease. If this fight ends up happening — and I really hope it does — it makes a lot of sense that it would be the co-main event for UFC 166, which takes place this October and which is headlined by UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos in a trilogy match for all the marbles, as it would then work out time wise for the winners of both fights to meet sometime in early 2014, although the fact that Cormier and Velasquez are teammates definitely throws a wrench into the whole situation. The betting line between Cormier and Werdum would definitely be very close because the public likes both men, but I would assume Cormier would open as a slight favorite due to his wrestling advantage, perhaps something like -150 with the comeback on Werdum being about +120. I do favor Cormier at anything under 2-to-1, but if Werdum for some reason gets less respect from the public and is available at +200, then I would say the value is on him. Basically, it’s a fight where the line will determine who to bet on.

Written by Adam Martin.

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