|Featherweight fighter Kenny Florian wears a Bruins jersey during Friday's UFC 131 weigh-ins, drawing plenty of boos from the crowd of 2,000-plus on hand in Vancouver, B.C. (CARMINE MARINELLI/QMI Agency)
VANCOUVER - He’d been threatening all week and Friday he did it.
Before a crowd of more than 2,000 on hand to catch the UFC weigh-ins at picturesque Jack Poole Plaza, Kenny Florian took to the scales amid a thunderous chorus of boos — an unlikely occurrence for such a popular fighter.
But then again, Florian brought it on himself.
The Boston fighter showed up for the fan event in his Bruins jersey — sporting the number and name of thug Shawn Thornton no less.
In a city in the grips of a Stanley Cup run against the Boston Bruins, the move had predictable consequences.
His opponent, Diego Nunes, smartly chose to enter in a Canucks jersey.
The free to the public event — just steps from where the Olympic torch burned last year — was filled with Canucks jerseys.
All fighters shook hands following the obligatory fists-up pose after the weigh-in except for the two main event heavyweights.
Shane Carwin and Junior dos Santos had by far the most intense staredown and neither fighter shook hands following the photo-op.
Carwin again guaranteed there is no way the main event is going the distance.
“Someone is getting knocked out … and it isn’t going to be me,” said Carwin.
Dos Santos — in a heavy Brazilian accent — agreed the fight won’t see the final bell.
“All I can say, is don’t blink,” he said.
In a civil weigh-in session, lightweight Yves Edwards offered a little comic relief walking to the scales licking the icing off an Oreo cookie.
His opponent, London’s Sam Stout, took a piece out of Edward’s hands and chomped down as the two struck a fight pose.
All fighters for Saturday’s UFC 131 made weight.
Here’s how they tipped the scales:
Heavyweights Junior Dos Santos (239) vs. Shane Carwin (254)
Featherweights Kenny Florian (146) vs. Diego Nunes (145)
Middleweights Demian Maia (186) vs. Mark Munoz (186)
Heavyweights Jon Olav Einemo (261) vs. Dave Herman (233)
Lightweights Donald Cerrone (155) vs. Vagner Rocha (155)
Lightweights Yves Edwards (155) vs. Sam Stout (155)
Middleweights Jesse Bongfeldt (185) vs. Chris Weidman (186)
Light-heavyweights Mike Massenzio (201) vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (205)
Middleweights James Head (186) vs. Nick Ring (185)
Featherweights Dustin Poirier (146) vs. Jason Young (145)
Heavyweights Joey Beltran (247) vs. Aaron Rosa (261)
Featherweights Darren Elkins (145) vs. Michihiro Omigawa (145)