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Saturday, 08/11/2012, 08:42 am


The fighters have weighed in yesterday for tonight’s 150 card at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, but the x-factor in each of the 10 fights is how will the fighters react to fighting at the Mile High City’s infamous altitude. Denver stands at 5280 feet (or 1609.344 meters) above sea level and the oxygen content is 17% less than UFC lightweight title challenger Frankie Edgar’s hometown of Tom’s River, NJ.

And unbeaten UFC heavyweight Travis Browne – who fought in Denver at last year’s UFC 135 card – believes the UFC 150 athletes who chose not to get into town early could suffer in the Octagon.

Browne said: “The biggest thing that you have to get over when you fight there is that your body doesn’t respond the same at the high altitude. You can’t catch your breath and your body fails a lot quicker. I think Benson and Donald will have advantages in their fights because they’ve been training at high altitudes for their entire camps. It’s not something that you can get used to in a short amount of time. You really have to spend a lot of time adjusting.”

In the main event UFC lightweight champion Benson “Smooth” Henderson and former UFC lightweight titleholder Frankie “The Answer” Edgar rematch to decide who is the best lightweight on Earth.

“I know what this air can do to your lungs,” said champion Henderson. “I’m from Colorado Springs, and you have to take this seriously. I’ve been here for three weeks already. You can feel it when you run, or spar. You body gives out earlier, you can’t recover as fast. I grew up here, and you can get used to it, but that doesn’t happen in a week or two weeks. That’s why I’ve been here for a while now.”

Likewise, in the co-main event, local fighter Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone arrived in Colorado as soon as the fight with Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard was signed, in order to get his lungs used to the rarified air of the Mile High City.

He explained: “I grew up in Colorado Springs and my family and friends are all from Denver and I got here a month ago. It takes that long to be able to push yourself at this altitude.”

Here are the weights for tonight’s card.

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 pm ET/7pm PT)
UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson 154.4lbs vs. Frankie Edgar 154.6lbs
Lightweight Donald Cerrone 155lbs vs. Melvin Guillard 157.5lbs
Welterweight: Jake Shields 185lbs vs. Ed Herman 185lbs
Middleweight: Yushin Okami 185lbs vs. Buddy Roberts 184lbs
Featherweight: Justin Lawrence: 145lbs vs. Max Holloway 145lbs

Featherweight: Dennis Bermudez 145lbs vs. Tommy Hayden 144lbs
Middleweight: Jared Hamman 184lbs vs. Michael Kuiper 185lbs
Bantamweight: Ken Stone 135lbs vs. Erik Perez 135lbs
Bantamweight Dustin Pague 136lbs vs. Chico Camus 135lbs
Featherweight: Nik Lentz 145lbs vs. Eiji Mitsuoka 145lbs

This action-packed card from Pepsi Center will air live on PPV at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.



  1. Bob says:

    I played many football games their.. I always hated because I was in shape but gassed out really quick. Guys should of trained in colorado just because of the altitude.. Theres going to be a lot of guys gassing out tonight.

  2. Setsuna says:

    The altitude is hell on the lungs up there. Yet on my latest visit up there I felt great using a Training Mask really does help. Cerrone was one of the smart ones he’s been up there for a while doing alot of cardio workouts.

  3. The Dozer says:

    Looks like Melvin Guillard is taking weight cutting tips from Rumble Johnson

  4. Scotty says:

    Everyone’s excuse for losing “This Denver air is worse than I thought it would be, i got tired really fast” or something in those lines.. But the winners will say “It was tough but i got up here early to train to really acclimate myself to the air” Bendo always trains at high altitudes and Cerrone trained up at Vail for a month which is much higher and the air is thinner.. See how tired these guys are compared to the guys who only came last week..

    • Bob says:

      Exactly there should be no excuse because they knew ahead of time about fighting over there. Anyone who decided not to train over there should have no excuse about losing due to gassing out.. This is the UFC, Go hard or Go HOME!!

  5. Yo says:

    Nobodies making excuses,excuses this excuses that,shut up already,these guys would body you and still talk about the altitude while your bloody saying “stop making excuses”.Get off your high horses.

  6. maurice says:

    yea dudes complaining about excuses b4 it even happens. like shut the fuck up man. who gives a fuck if a fighter has excuses. i bet if ur fav fighter on the card gasses hard and blames the thin air then u will accept that “excuse” with open arms.

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