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Bellator 159 Weigh-in Results

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It is time for another weekend of MMA action and Bellator 159 will get it started Friday night live from the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas. The event will features be headlined by one of the hottest prospects on the Bellator roster, undefeated Bantamweight Darrion Caldwell (9-0) as he takes on a veteran of 29 fights Joe Taimanglo (22-6-1). Two other fights on the card have great potential and familiar names as well. In the co-main event, fan favorite and Kansas native, David “The Caveman” Rickels (17-4) will face former long-time UFC veteran Melvin Guillard (32-16-2) in a lightweight bout. Also on the card is former M-1 Global Champion and former Bellator Featherweight Title challenger Daniel Weichel (36-9) will be battling it out with Milwaukee’s Emmanuel Sanchez (13-2) in a featherweight contest.

To some of the fighters dismay, Thursday’s weigh in did not go as smoothly as planned. Melvin Guillard was the first of the main card participates to miss the mark but he wouldn’t be the last. Guillard, who has missed weight for 2 of his last 4 fights, has not impressed in his Bellator run as he has yet to win a fight under the promotion’s banner and “The Young Assassin” really needs a win to stay relevant in one of the company’s deepest divisions. Showing that he is still the same ole Melvin, he hit the scales at 157.9 pounds. His opponent “The Caveman” came in with just a fifth of a pound to spare at 155.8 pounds.

Next up was the headliners as Taimanglo weighed in first. He also did not make the contracted weight limit as he weighed two pounds over at 138 lbs. Of course, more eyes will be on his opponent come fight night and the young prospect Darrion Caldwell officially weighed in right on the lightweight limit for non-title fights at 136 pounds.

For the first feature fight of the evening, Sanchez laid off the Wisconsin cheese curd and brats enough to weigh in at 146 lbs while his adversary for Friday night, Weichel, came in at 145.2 lbs.

The preliminary card will be streamed live beginning at 6:00 PM CST and the main card will air on Spike at 8:00 PM CST.

Official Bellator 159 Weigh-in Results:

  • Darrion Caldwell (136) v. Joe Taimanglo (138)*
  • David Rickels (155.8) v. Melvin Guillard (157.9)*
  • Daniel Weichel (145.2) v. Emmanuel Sanchez (146)
  • Luiz Philipe Lins (204.6) v. Guilherme Viana (205.1)
  • Bruna Ellen (125) v. Jessica Middleton (125.4)
  • Bruna Vargas (125.1) v. Emily Ducote (125.3)
  • Gaston Reyno (146) v. L.J. Hermreck Jr. (144.5)
  • Manuel Meraz (170.8) v. Trey Ogden (170.8)
  • Chris Harris (184.8) v. Matt Foster (188.9)
  • Marcio Navarro (155.3) v. Fernando Martinez (155.3)
  • Johnny Marifio (134.7) v. Andy Riley (135.3)
  • Josh Pfeifer (155.5) v. Henry Lindsay (155.9)
  • Chuka Willis (146.2)* v. Brandon Phillips (145.8)

*Taimanglo, Guillard and Willis missed weight.

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Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Complete Bellator 185: Mousasi vs. Shlemenko Fight Card:

Middleweight Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC)

Welterweight Feature Bout: Neiman Gracie (6-0) vs. Zak Bucia (18-8)

Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Heather Hardy (1-0) vs. Kristina Williams (Debut)

Lightweight Feature Bout: Ryan Quinn (13-7) vs. Marcus Surin (4-0)

Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Ana Julaton (2-2) vs. Lisa Blaine (1-0)

Preliminary Card:

Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Young (6-0) vs. Alec Hooben (5-3)

Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Costello van Steenis (8-1) vs. Steve Skrzat (8-9)

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Vinicius de Jesus (5-1) vs. Joaquin Buckley (7-1)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: John Beneduce (2-1) vs. Dean Hancock (2-1)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Timothy Wheeler (1-4) vs. Pete Rogers (2-4)

150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Don Shainis (3-1) vs. Matthew Denning (5-6)

150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Frank Sforza (6-0) vs. Vovka Clay (3-2)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Carrier (Pro Debut) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (Pro Debut)

Flyweight Preliminary Bout: John Lopez

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams

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Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.

Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.

Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.

Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.

Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.

There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.

But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.

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