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Chris Weidman, Anderson Silva make weight for UFC 162

The following sentence should come as no surprise to MMA fans.

Anderson Silva, the UFC middleweight champion, and Baldwin's Chris Weidman, the challenger, both made weight Friday night for their main event title fight at UFC 162 on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Weidman weighed in at 185 pounds, the mandatory maximum for a title fight at middleweight. Only in championship fights is the one-pound window not allowed. In all other bouts, fighters are allowed to weigh up to one pound more the weight limit to account for differences in scales used.

Silva weighed in at 184 pounds.

In all his years in the UFC -- seven or so -- Silva (33-4, 16-0 UFC) never missed weight. You never even hear of it being close or there being a tough weight cut.

Weidman (9-0, 5-0) started wrestling in second grade and is very familiar with the process of cutting weight for a bout. Heck, he once dropped 34 pounds in 11 days to fight Demian Maia at UFC on Fox in January 2012.

The crowd was heavily in favor of Silva, reigning down boos when Weidman walked out and when Joe Rogan interviewed him after making weight.

"Tomorrow night, history is being made," Weidman said. "Love it or hate it, the underdog is coming out on top."

All other fighters on the card also made weight. See the UFC 162 fight card here.

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