Bellator 171 takes place on Friday, January 27 at the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas, featuring a catchweight bout between Melvin Guillard and Chidi Njokuani at 175 pounds.
Key matchups for this event include an exciting lightweight matchup between Aaron Derrow vs. David “The Caveman” Rickels in the co-main event of the evening and a featherweight feature bout between undefeated AJ McKee and Brandon Phillips.
A pair of highly-touted wrestlers also return to action at Bellator 171 as Jarod trice and Tyrell Fortune both look to build upon their 1-0 professional mixed martial arts records.
The event can be viewed live on Spike starting at 9 PM EST, after the preliminary bouts which can be viewed right here on MMA Latest News starting at 7 PM EST.
The official weigh-ins for Bellator 171 kick off at 5 PM CST.
Watch the official weigh-in stream below:
Bellator 171’s fight card and weigh-in results:
MAIN CARD – Spike, 9 PM EST
- Melvin Guillard (178.1 lbs.) vs. Chidi Njokuani (179.7 lbs.) *175-pound catchweight*
- Aaron Derrow (169.8 lbs.) vs. Dave Rickels (170.3 lbs.)
- A.J. McKee (145.6 lbs.)vs. Brandon Phillips (146.8 lbs.)
- Jessica Middleton (126 lbs.) vs. Alice Smith Yauger (125.7 lbs.)
PRELIMINARY CARD – Online stream, 7 PM EST
- Chris Harris (184.7 lbs.) vs. Jordan Young (187 lbs.)
- Justin Overton (146 lbs.) vs. Gaston Reyno (145.2 lbs.)
- Dominic Garcia (170.5 lbs.) vs. William Lavine (170.8 lbs.)
- Jake Lindsey (170.9 lbs.) vs. Chance Rencountre (170 lbs.)
- Joe Fulk (135.9 lbs.) vs. Johnny Marigo (135.5 lbs.)
- Scott Heston (170.1 lbs.) vs. Manuel Meraz (170.2 lbs.)
- Mike Breeden (155.9 lbs.) vs. Craig Farley (155.5 lbs.)
- Jarod Trice (223.6 lbs.) vs. Kevin Woltkamp (238 lbs.)
- Will Johnson (228.1 lbs.) vs. Tyrell Fortune (244.4 lbs.)
- Bruna Ellen (125 lbs.) vs. Carmella James (124.2 lbs.)
Stay tuned to MMA Latest News for coverage of Bellator 171, including the live online preliminary stream which can be viewed here on MMA Latest News.
Watch: Bellator 185 Prelims
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)
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
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.
Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)
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)
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)
Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams
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.
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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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