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Battle on the Bayou good to go as all fighters make weight

Later tonight the city of New Orleans will become anything but the “Big Easy” for 24 fighters scheduled to scrap at UFN 25, an event also known as the UFC Battle on the Bayou.

Welterweights Jake Shields and Jake Ellenberger who, like the rest of their peers, made weight late Friday afternoon and will meet in the evening’s main event as planned.

The difference between the headliners’ weights was minimal, as expected, with Shields clocking in at 171 pounds and Ellenberger slightly smaller at 170 on the nose. The bout no doubt holds extra importance for both men given the circumstances surrounding it. Not only does the fight mark the biggest of Ellenberger’s career but could provide him with his fifth straight victory, let alone a victory over a “Top 5” guy like Shields. Comparably, Shields will be looking to get back on track after having his own winning streak snapped by Georges St. Pierre with some additional adversity to the process provided by having suffered the death of his father/manager less than a month ago.

Here is a full list of Battle on the Bayou weigh-in results:

Jorge Lopez (171 lbs) vs. Justin Edwards (171 lbs)
Robert Peralta (145.5 lbs) vs. Mike Lullo (146 lbs)
T.J. Waldburger (171 lbs) vs. Mike Stumpf (171 lbs)
Seth Baczynski (171 lbs) vs. Clay Harvison (170 lbs)
Ken Stone (136 lbs) vs. Donny Walker (135.5 lbs)
Matt Riddle (171 lbs) vs. Lance Benoist (170.5 lbs)
Evan Dunham (156 lbs) vs. Shamar Bailey (156 lbs)
Cody McKenzie (155.5 lbs) vs. Vagner Rocha (155.5 lbs)
Alan Belcher (186 lbs) vs. Jason MacDonald (185 lbs)
Erik Koch (146 lbs) vs. Jonathan Brookins (145.5 lbs)
Dongi Yang (186 lbs) vs. Court McGee (184.5 lbs)
Jake Shields (171 lbs) vs. Jake Ellenberger (170 lbs)

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC

MMATraining Take: To paraphrase a rap song I recently heard, this card may only be a “7” in the face but it’s definitely a “10” in the waist. On the surface the lineup may look a bit vanilla in nature but if you’re willing to take a bite later this evening I’m pretty sure you’ll find yourself fully satisfied. A number of the match-ups are competitive, there are two TUF winners, and there are a handful of subplots as well like Shields’ mental state and Alan Belcher’s return from what was nearly a career-ending eye injury.

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