DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (July 4, 2014) – World Series of Fighting Lightweight champion Justin Gaethje stepped off the scales weighing in at 154.8 pounds, looking rested and relaxed a day before he’s set to face fellow undefeated fighter Nick Newell in the main event of World Series of Fighting 11: “Gaethje vs. Newell” Saturday at Ocean Center.
“I’m feeling great,” Gaethje said. “I got in on Wednesday and I’ve had crab legs, steak, pasta. I played golf yesterday. All the hard work has been done in the gym. I didn’t want to get here and have to stress about making weight.”
Newell said he is friendly with Gaethje and hasn’t been bothered by all his pre-fight knockout talk. “Of course he’s going to say he’s going to knock me out,” Newell said. “He’d be a weirdo to say, ‘I think I’m going to get the decision.’ The fight is going to end before a decision, it’s just going to end with me as the winner.”
View the weigh-in in its entirety below
The fight is headlined by the lightweight championship bout with the exciting Gaethje (11-0) putting his belt on the line against the extremely tough and talented Newell (11-0). Also on the card, a highly anticipated welterweight matchup pitting Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Jon Fitch (25-6-1, 1 NC) against MMA veteran Dennis Hallman (53-14-2. Additionally, newly signed lightweight Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard (31-13-2) debuts against Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante (18-7-1) and Cody “Bam Bam” Bollinger (15-2, 1 NC) faces a dangerous 14-year veteran in Pablo Alfonso (9-5) in an intriguing bantamweight contest.
Tickets for the event start at just $29 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or WSOF.com. Doors at the Ocean Center will open to fans at 1 p.m. ET local time, with an WSOF.com-streamed undercard beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT. The live, NBC-broadcast four-fight main card begins at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.
View highlights below
The following are the weights from Friday’s weigh-in.
JUSTIN GAETHJE 154.8 lbs. VS. NICK NEWELL 155 lbs.
JON FITCH 183 lbs . VS. DENNIS HALLMAN 181.2 lbs.
JZ CAVALCANTE 155.6 lbs. VS. MELVIN GUILLARD 157.2 lbs.
CODY BOLLINGER 138.4 lbs. VS. PABLO ALFONSO 136 lbs.
KENDRICK MIREE 204.8 lbs. VS. JAKE HEUN 205 lbs.
NEIMAN GRACIE 176 lbs. VS. DUSTIN HOLYKO 175.8 lbs.
JOSE CACERES 173.6 lbs. VS. WALBER BRITO DE BARROS 174.8 lbs.
MUHAMMED DEREESE 206.2 lbs. VS. RASHAUN SPENCER 200.8 lbs.
WSOF ring girls Kat Kelley and Michelle Ulibarri
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