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Bellator 155 Weigh-in Results: Carvalho and Manhoef Hit the Mark, Dufresne 5 lbs Over

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Bellator 155 takes place Friday night in Boise, Idaho, and the middleweight title will be at stake when Brazilian champion Rafael Carvalho (12-1 10 KOs) attempts to make the first defense of his 185 lbs strap against another heavy hitter in Melvin Manhoef (30-12-1 28 KOs).

Weigh-ins took place Thursday and both fighters came in at or under the 185 lbs limit. This fight has the promise to be “kickboxing with MMA gloves” as both fighters are known for their knockout power. Carvalho boasts a knockout percentage of 77% while Manhoef has a knockout percentage 65%. A win for the 40-year-old Manhoef would be a great feather in the cap of his career. Although he did win two minor MMA titles for Cage Rage and Gringo SF, this is his first shot at a world title in a career that has spanned over 43 MMA fights and 49 Kickboxing bouts.

This will be Carvalho’s first fight since winning the vacant title last October in a fight against former champion Brandon Halsey in what could be considered the comeback of the year for 2015. The title was vacant because Halsey failed to make weight in his previous bout against Kendall Grove. Carvalho, who is on a 12 fight win streak, has stated that should he win Friday he would like to face another Bellator champion. When speaking with Kevin Jones of MMALatestNews.com and The Main Event on Double T 97.3 FM out of Lubbock, Texas the champion said that he would be open to moving up to 205 lbs to face Light Heavyweight Champion Liam McGeary or having Welterweight Champion Andrey Korsehkov come up to 185 lbs to make the champion versus champion super fight. Carvalho also stated that he would still like to fight for a Glory Kickboxing Title.

The stare down between the two fighters was an intense one. Carvalho refused to turn to face the audience for the traditional pose for photographers even after being prompted to several times; while Manhoef did turn to the face the audience, he never took his eyes off the champion as he bounced on the balls of his feet.

In the co-main event, former two-time Bellator Featherweight Champion Pat Curran (21-7) makes his first cage appearance since June of last year. He was supposed to fight at Bellator 145 in November against Justin Lawrence but a knee injury caused him to have to pull out of that fight. Curran won his last fight against Emmanuel Sanchez after suffering the first back-to-back losses of his career. The first of those defeats was when he lost his title to Patricio Freire and the second was to Daniel Weichel. Curran really needs a win here in order to set up the rubber match with current featherweight champion Daniel Straus, whom he defeated in their second fight in 2014 by submission with only 14 seconds left in the fifth and final round. On Friday “Paddy Mike” takes on former WSOF Featherweight Champion, Georgi Karakhanyan (24-5-1) who also last lost to Daniel Weichel. This will be Karakhayan’s third fight in his second stint with the promotion.

There is also a marquee matchup in Bellator’s Women’s Featherweight Division featuring former Strikeforce Bantamweight Champion Marloes “Rumina” Coenen (23-6) facing Alexis “Sneaky Zebra” Dufresne (5-2). Dufresne is making her Bellator debut after getting cut from the UFC where she posted a 0-2 record. “Sneaky Zebra” is not starting off on a good note with Bellator as she missed the featherweight limit by weighing in at 150.7 lbs. There has yet to be a champion crowned in the division and the winner of this fight could make the case to be considered for a spot in the first ever Bellator Women’s Featherweight Title fight. The other front runner would be Julia Budd (7-2) who along with Coenen is the only other fighter in the division to be undefeated under the Bellator banner.

Bellator 155 takes place at the CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho. The main card airs live on Spike beginning at 9:00 PM EST. The prelims stream live on Spike.com at 7:00 PM EST.

Here is a full list of the Official Bellator 155 weigh-in results:

  • Rafael Carvalho (184.3) vs. Melvin Manhoef (185)
  • Pat Curran (145.6) vs. Georgi Karakhanyan (145.1)
  • Augusto Sakai (262.5) vs. Dan Charles (242.2)
  • Dave Jansen (155.9) vs. Marcin Held (155.9)
  • Chase Gormley (264.5) vs. Joey Beltran (236.8)
  • Marloes Coenen (145.6) vs. Alexis Dufresne (150.7)
  • Joe Hamilton (135.4) vs. Tyler Freeland (137.4)
  • Veta Arteaga (127.1) vs. Jackie Vandenburgh (122.7)
  • Vincent Morales (144.9) vs. Hamilton Ash (145.8)
  • Brendon Raftery (134) vs. Casey Johnson (134.9)
  • Scott Thometz (155.7) vs. Josh Tyler (155.7)
  • Sean Powers (182.4) vs. Will Noland (185.6)
  • Ricky Steele (134.9) vs. Eric Cronkhite (144.2)
  • Jesse Brock (135.7) vs. Olly Bradstreet (135.7)

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*WATCH* DaveNoseMMA – Is Conor McGregor Pushing his Luck?

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MMA Latest’s Dave Noseworthy looks at why MMA superstar Conor McGregor just might be pushing his luck following his actions at Bellator 187.

Watch Dave talk about the Irishman below:

Do you agree, or disagree with Dave’s opinion? Let us know below!

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Exclusive: Jalin Turner vs Noah Tillis set for Bellator LA in January

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Bellator LA: Douglas Lima vs Rory MacDonald, has just had another entertaining fight added as two talented prospects Jalin Turner and Noah Tillis are set to meet in a lightweight bout. Sources close to the fight confirmed the news to MMA Latest earlier this morning.

Jalin “The Tarantula” Turner makes his return to the Bellator cage for the first time since January 2017, where he defeated Gabriel Green by knockout, in an exciting fight that only lasted 36 seconds. Since the fight, Turner has gone 2-1 where he defeated Paradise Vaovasa by KO, at Tachi PF 31, before dropping his next fight to Richard LeRoy by TKO, at CFX 8. Turner bounced back from the loss by beating Vytautas Sadauskas by submission, at KOTC: Never Quit, back in September.

Noah Tillis is currently coming off of a 9-second submission victory against Jeff Carson, at Gladiator Challenge: American Pride, back in July. The “Submission Magician” has amassed a professional record of 3-2 with three victories coming by submission, DQ, and a TKO due to injury. His two losses coming by way of TKO and decision.

It is unclear where the fight will be featured, but it is assumed it will take place on the undercard. The potential brawl represents a stiff challenge for either man, as well as an opportunity to make some noise in an always deep lightweight division.

The only other fight currently announced on the card is the main event between current Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima and former UFC title challenger, Rory MacDonald. Bellator LA: Lima vs MacDonald is set to take place on Saturday, January 20th, in Los Angeles, Calfornia, at the Forum.

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Anthony “PrettyBoy” Taylor wants to knockout Trey Branch then fight Brian Moore in Bellator on St. Patricks Day

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Going from postlim fights in Bellator to a co-main event and then a main card fight after with such little professional experience isn’t something you’d hear of very often in the slightest. In this case Anthony “PrettyBoy” Taylor is the exception, who in only his third professional fight went to Ireland as part of the co-main event for a fight with James Gallagher. Taylor became well known to many in the build-up to that fight for being so outspoken and quite an entertainer, something he carries with him to the cage.

Anthony Taylor now has himself a fight lined up in a regional show near his home in California at California Fighting Championships. This will be his first time fighting back in America since May 2016. His last two bouts were in Europe as part of Bellator’s expansion into Europe. Following two losses he now hopes to get back in the win column in front of a home crowd. Taking this fight as a tune off fight Anthony is confident he won’t be touched by his opponent Trey Branch.

“Well, I’m taking this fight because Bellator said I’ll be fighting next year for overseas and it will be a good tune off fight for me. I think of trey like any other fighter. Just a guy who’s not going to touch me nor beat me.”

His opponent Trey Branch is jumping up from flyweight for this fight, Anthony believes he’s going to dominate his opponent and knock him out with ease. Now having 3 career losses coming via submission, he is not worried about his ground game, guaranteeing it was improved from training with some of the top fighters in Bellator.

“I believe I’m going to overpower him and KO him. He’s coming up from 125lb to fight me which I stated to the world on Bellator that I’m the strongest 45er in the world!! And as far as my ground game, it’d be covered and it’s great. Thanks to AJ McKee, Baby Slice, Joey Davis and Aaron Pico. My ground game is great and up there to the level, as there’s”

Looking ahead to next year when he competes in Bellator again, Taylor has his eyes set on a big fight in a return to Irish soil.

“Well Bellator loves me and I proved them that I belong there. I haven’t been told when I was fighting but I hope it’s back in Ireland, and maybe on St. Patricks day and hopefully I’ll fight Brian Moore because me and him been wanting to fight the longest.”

As a training partner for AJ McKee, Taylor was very pleased with how the fight went down, claiming it was a simple enough fight for his teammate that apparently didn’t train much for the fight. Suffering a loss on the initial trip to the emerald isle, “PrettyBoy” wants to come back and take home a win next time around.

“Oh man it was an easy fight for AJ, he only trained 2 weeks for that Brian Moore fight” he laughs “but absolutely it would be a great show if I was also on the show me and James alone still holds the record of views internationally and I’m looking to come back and taking what’s mines which is that W”

The win against Brian Moore could now potentially line up a fight between McKee and James Gallagher, fight fans have long sought after. Having fought against James and training with McKee on the regular Taylor isn’t convinced that Gallagher is ready for the AJ just yet. He also had some words about SBG fighters who were calling out Baby Slice.

“James is not ready for AJ. And people calling out slice since he’s new in the game. Why are sbg guys not calling out Joey Davis?? They are all talk and think that they’re better than everyone.”

With a win on Saturday, Anthony Taylor thinks it will kick him off to a series of consecutive wins that could ultimately land him in a fight with Emmanuel Sanchez.

“Yes it will start off (Saturday) and I believe it will set me up tremendously. I’m only getting better and I plan on winning fights in Bellator and then taking out Emanuel Sanchez. I do not like him, I hate him”

“I don’t like his style and he’s always hating on my teammates so I want his head” he added

Away from the fight scene, Anthony is pleased with the life that he’s got set up for himself with his newfound love since joining Bellator as he now aims to break into the movie industry too.

“Man it’s been great I now have a wonderful woman in my life so I’m happy. I’m acting too, trying to get into the movies industry and God has blessed me which so much love”

You can follow Anthony Taylor on all his social media accounts to keep an eye out for all his upcoming fight information and results.

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