UCW fighters get head start

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:23 AM ET

It was hot and muggy in the basement of the New Cavalier Hotel last night, which might explain two events that unfolded during the weigh-in for tonight's Ultimate Cage Wars 16 show at the Convention Centre.

First, two of the fighters dropped everything they were wearing, including their briefs, before stepping on the scale. While one might have thought they were just trying to cool off, they were in fact trying to make weight. The two ring-card girls standing a few feet away couldn't stop blushing as the naked fighters tried to eliminate those pesky last few ounces.

Second, when local fight favourite Dwight Sutherland of Peguis First Nation stood nose-to-nose with his opponent, Saskatoon's Adam Lorenz, for the pre-fight picture, things heated up even more.

Apparently Sutherland got a little too close for Lorenz's comfort during the staredown, so Lorenz gave him a shove. UCW photographer and former Winnipeg Sun staffer Bob Holliday had to step in between the two.

"I just tried to put on a little show," Sutherland said. "I just stepped forward, and I guess I kind of offended him and he kind of pushed through and said something to me."

Personal space

Lorenz, who told Sutherland to watch it, was simply trying to defend his personal space.

"Usually I have a good staredown or whatever, but he kept his forehead on my forehead and wanted to keep staring, so we just squared off," he said.

The scuffle, however minor it might have been, was a sign that the real deal in the cage tonight should be a dandy. It certainly won't be friendly.

"No, it won't be," Sutherland said.

The 19-year-old Sutherland is 2-1 in his pro career and will be looking to improve that mark in front of many friends and family members who are expected to make the trip down from Peguis.

"I have a lot of support," he said.

Lorenz, meanwhile, relishes stepping into the cage with the fan favourite.

"Fighting a hometown guy doesn't bother me," he said. "My first several fights were all hometown guys.

"I got booed and cursed at on my way out to the ring, and on the way back nobody said anything."

Sutherland believes he has a game plan that won't allow Lorenz to silence the crowd.

"We're going to do a lot of standup fighting," he said. "I don't see this fight going to the ground. I heard he has a really solid ground game, so we'll keep it standing and hopefully I pull out a TKO."

The main event is a big one, and we mean that literally. There will be more than 550 pounds in the cage when Winnipeg's Ian (The Monster) Asham takes on Jordan Murray of Lethbridge, Alta.

The nine-fight card begins at 7:30.


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