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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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Bellator 194, Nelson vs. Mitrione Pre-Fight Notes

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Bellator takes over the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut later tonight. The promotion hosts, Bellator 194: Nelson vs. Mitrione from the venue, beginning at 6:30 pm (ET). Bellator 194 marks the 17th trip to the Mohegan Sun Casino. Their last trip, took place a little more than a few months ago in October of 2017, Bellator 185. The first trip to the Connecticut casino, occurred all the way back in April of 2009, and the second ever event held by the promotion, Bellator 2.

Twenty four fighters will make the walk later tonight, giving fans 12 bouts to watch from prelims to main event. Of the 24 athletes set to compete, five make their professional debuts. Peter Nascimento, Mike Kimbel, Pat Casey, Ross Richardson, and Ronnie Leon all fight for the first time, professionally. As amateurs, the group holds a combined record of 18-12. Only Ross Richardson maintained an undefeated amateur record (3-0).

In recent cards past, only some full broadcasts brought forward newly professional fighters. Events such as Bellator 191, 190, and 187, only broadcast short main card. While events like 193, 192, 189, 188, and 186 broadcast full fight cards. Since November of 2017, 15 fighters made their pro debuts with the Bellator promotion. Including Khonry Gracie in his unanimous decision loss to Devon Brock (Bellator 192), and Ty-wan Claxton, in his amazing KO finish of Johnny Bonilla-Bowman in the first round of Bellator 186. Claxton makes his second pro appearance tonight at Bellator 194 against Jose Antonio Perez, whom also fights for the second time professionally.

Upon completion of Bellator 194’s broadcast, 50% of the promotions first round matches in their Heavyweight Grand Prix will be decided. It is nearly impossible to choose, one match-up more interesting than the others. Yet, the Mitrione vs. Nelson match up is not only puzzling to fans and media alike. One half of the main event, at least, was once annoyed by the prospect of fighting his former TUF cast mate. Mitrione spoke to MMAJunkie about his reaction to the match-up, “Well, I asked them, how does that make sense? Roy is arguably the #2 guy in the division… Explain that to me, is there any seeding?…” He continued, “But the more I thought about, the less I really cared. Either I beat Roy when I have the strap, or I beat Roy to get the strap. What the hell difference does it make?”

In one bit of event news, fan favorite flyweight, Heather Hardy missed weight, in what turned out to be an odd set of circumstances. According to Hardy, she believed she made weight, without stripping down and using the towel. It was her understanding that the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation gave her a weight allowance for the bikini top and bottom she wore while on the scale. Hardy weighed in at 126.25 lbs. with the aforementioned bikini top and bottom.

This understanding was not shared by president of Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation, Mike Mazzulli. The president made the decision to record Hardy’s weight without allowing her to disrobe, or take use the extra two hours allotted to make weight. It was his understanding upon examining and attempting to communicate with Hardy whilst she stood on the scale that brought him to the decision. After renegotiation of the bout agreement, Hardy was fined 20% of her purse which goes to her opponent Ana Julaton.

 

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Bellator 194 Weigh Ins Live Video

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Bellator 194 takes place Friday, February 16th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The stacked main card features the second bout in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix matching Roy Nelson against Matt Mitrione. Both former members of the UFC roster, Mitrione and Nelson look to make a further impact in the Bellator Heavyweight division with a potential step towards the divisions championship crown. In the co-main event, MMA veteran Patricky Pitbull takes Derek Campos. The two will most likely battle for the next shot at the promotions Lightweight title, following the Brent Primus (c) vs. Michael Chandler rematch. Other notable bouts on the card include Liam McGeary vs. Vadim Nemkov, Heather Hardy vs. Ana Julaton, and Tywon Claxton against Jose Antonio Perez. Bellator 194 airs live on the Paramount network, main card beginning at 9 pm.

The official weigh-ins took place earlier today, the results are listed below.

Main Card (9 PM ET, Paramount Network)

Roy Nelson (23-14) vs. Matt Mitrione (12-5) Heavyweight bout.

RN: 265 lb.

MM: 255 lb.

Patricky Freire (18-8) vs. Derek Campos (19-6) Lightweight bout.

PF: 155 lb.

DC: 154 lb.

Heather Hardy (1-1) vs. Ana Julaton (2-3) Women’s Flyweight bout.

HH: 126.25 lb*

AJ: 125 lb.

Liam McGeary (12-2) vs. Vadim Nemkov (8-2) Light Heavyweight bout.

LM: 203.75 lb.

VN: 205 lb.

Tywan Claxton (1-0) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (0-1) Featherweight bout.

TW: 145 lb.

JS: 142.25 lb.

Preliminary Card (7 PM ET)

Ross Richardson (3-0, Amateur) vs. Ronie Arana Leon (2-5, Amateur) Lightweight bout.

RS: 155.5 lb.

RL: 156 lb.

Mike Kimbel (4-4, Amateur) vs. Geoffrey Then (0-1) Bantamweight bout. 

MK: 135.75 lb.

GT: 135 lb.

Regivaldo Carlvalho (4-2) vs. Thomas English (6-8) Featherweight bout.

RC: 145 lb.

TE: 146 lb.

Jarod Trice (2-0) vs. Walter Howard (3-4) Light Heavyweight bout.

JT: 205.5 lb.

WH: 203 lb.

Marcus Surin (4-1) vs. Dean Hancock (3-1) Lightweight bout.

MS: 156 lb.

DH: 155.25 lb.

Peter Nascimento (2-1, Amateur) vs. Kastriot Xhema (1-1) Catchweight (165 lb.) bout.

PN: 163.5 lb.

KX 164.5 lb.

Tyler Hamilton (1-0) vs. Pat Casey (7-2, Amateur) Lightweight bout.

TH: 154 lb.

PC: 155.5 lb.

*Heather Hardy missed weight by ¼ of a pound and subsequently fined 20% of her purse. The fine will go to her opponent Ana Julaton.

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Exclusive: Saad Awad looking for the quick knockout at Bellator 193

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Saad Awad makes his return to the Bellator cage Friday as he takes on JJ Ambrose.

The veteran Awad has been with Bellator since 2013, amassing a 9-5 record in the process, with five of those wins coming via knockout. Impressive wins against Will Brooks and Evangelista Santos feature on his 21-9 record.

The heavy-handed striker gets to fight in his backyard of California for the first time in over a year. A native of San Bernardino, Awad is fighting only forty-five minutes from his home, in the co-main event no less.

It’s great,” Awad told MMA Latest about co-main eventing in California. “I’m about forty-five minutes from my house, the arena sold out the week they released the tickets. So I know a lot of people are going to be here and the energy’s going to be really good, it’s going to be great, and it’s going to help me mentally.”

Meeting Awad in the co-main is a fellow California native himself, JJ Ambrose. Ambrose has been fighting since 2005 and has amassed 26 wins in his 13-year career.

He’s a veteran, he kind of flew under the radar,” Awad said. “He’s fought all over the place. I think he brings a lot of experience, a good solid stand-up, and ground game, and wrestling.”

Although Awad highlighted Ambrose’s quality, make no mistake, the “Assassin” believes he holds all the advantages.

I match-up with him great, to be honest, I think my striking is a little bit better, I think I hit a lot harder and my jiu-jitsu’s going to be a bit better, and I’m going to be able to outwrestle him,” Awad explained. “So I think stylistically it’s a bad matchup for him.”

Awad is coming off of a quick KO, one minute, seven seconds, over Zach Freeman. The quick win didn’t come as a surprise to Awad as he always expects to finish his opponents quickly.

I mean, not be cocky, but I expect to get a quick KO against everybody,” Awad said. “When I don’t get a quick KO then I’m like ‘okay something’s wrong’ so then I have to change my gameplan up. So nothing against Zach Freeman, I mean, every fight I go in there looking for the quick knockout.”

Currently, on a solid two-fight winning streak, Awad highlights what exactly the key’s been for him to get this far.

Honestly, I’ve just been training a lot,” Awad said. “I’ve just been training and focusing a lot on little details that I knew were my flaws, and every fight I’ll keep something new. If I see something go wrong in one of my fights, I’ll tweak that out and train it and get a little bit better and then just try and keep improving.”

With a win taking Awad to three victories in a row, it would make sense to offer the veteran a big fight. But Awad doesn’t have a name in mind next, although he doesn’t believe it would matter anyway.

Whoever they give me,” Awad said. “I can ask for fights but they won’t give them to me. “My only thing is trying to get a title fight, I’m not even going to ask for that anymore. I’m going to ask them to keep me busy. I just want to stay busy. I get paid the same no matter who I fight so as long as they keep me busy, that’s what I’m happy for.”

As for 2018, Awad’s goals remain simple.

Keep winning,” Awad said. “Stay busy and keep winning.”

If things go the way Awad expects, fans are in for a treat. As for Ambrose? Not so much.

I’m going to go in there and leave with a knockout, a violent knockout,” Awad said. “Get my hand raised, talk some shit, and leave.”

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