By early afternoon, the line was 15 people wide and hundreds deep, stretching the length of a cavernous corridor near the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. These mixed martial arts fans queued for hours Friday just for the chance to attend a brief weigh-in for UFC 100, tonight’s landmark show. But the really big crowds were in the nearby convention center, where the first UFC Fan Expo is expected to draw well more than 20,000 this weekend. UFC’s self-celebratory weekend also includes big fights, of course. Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar’s bout with interim champ Frank Mir is the headliner.
UFC 100 is shaping up as a benchmark for how far MMA has progressed in the nearly 16 years since the first event – and a gauge for just how big it still might become. – AP