ST. LOUIS -- It was a festive atmosphere Friday afternoon at Al Hrabosky's Ballpark Saloon as all fighters for Strikeforce's "Lawler vs. Shields" card made weight.
Main event competitors Robbie Lawler and Jake Shields, two former EliteXC champions, looked to have no trouble making the 182-pound limit, with Shields coming in at 181.75 and Lawler a pound more.
The two engaged in an intense staredown after. While separated by a few feet, neither fighter wanted to give ground, continually staring holes through each other. It was Shields who walked away first, all while keeping his eye on Lawler. It certainly helped build animosity between the two.
Heavyweights Andrei Arlovski and Brett Rogers were respectful toward one another. Rogers came in at 263 pounds while Arlovski took the scale with all but his shirt in and came in at 244.
Nick Diaz was up to his usual tricks, flipping off a heckling member of the crowd while undressing. He came in at 179 pounds for his 180 pound fight with Scott Smith (179.5 pounds).
Phil Baroni was in rare form, as well, strutting to the scale in a white robe and sunglasses. He weighed in at 168.75. His opponent, Joe Riggs, came in at 170 pounds, but didn't look nearly as good as Baroni. Most of Baroni's anger at the weigh-in was directed at an employee who asked him to line up for pictures. He had a few choice words and played to the crowd.
Kevin Randleman looked excited to return to action for the first time in 13 months, jumping up and down on the stage. He took the microphone from emcee Jimmy Lennon Jr. and thanked the crowd for their support, the only fighter to take the mic to do so. His opponent, Mike Whitehead, was the final fighter to weigh in following some paperwork issues.
The main card will air live at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
The weigh-in results are as follows:
Booker DeRousse (204.25 lbs) vs. James Wade (205.25 lbs)
Pat Benson (155.75 lbs) vs. Dave Cochran (153 lbs)
Lucas Lopes (186 lbs) vs. Scott Ventimiglia (185 lbs)
Tyron Woodley (170.5 lbs) vs. Sal Woods (169.75 lbs )
Josh Bumgarner (173.5 lbs) vs. Jesse Finney (175. 75 lbs)
Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante (205.5 lbs) vs. Mike Kyle (202.5 lbs)
Main card (SHOWTIME, 10 p.m. ET/PT)
Kevin Randleman (204 lbs) vs. Mike Whitehead (206 lbs)
Phil Baroni (168.75 lbs) vs. Joe Riggs (170 lbs)
Nick Diaz (179 lbs) vs. Scott Smith (179.5 lbs)
Andrei Arlovski (244 lbs) vs. Brett Rogers (262 lbs)
Robbie Lawler (182.75 lbs) vs. Jake Shields (181.75 lbs)