On Thursday, Sept. 11, Bellator MMA hosted the weigh-ins for its 124th event which takes place Friday, Sept. 12 from the Compuware Arena in Plymouth, Mich.
In the night’s main event, the promotion’s light heavyweight title will be on the line as champion Emanuel Newton faces off with UFC veteran Joey Beltran. Newton will look to make the first defense of his unified 205-pound belt, having exacted revenge from former champion Attila Vegh in his most recent outing. The 30-year-old Californian also holds a pair of wins over former Strikeforce champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal during his current streak. Beltran, meanwhile, picked up his first win in the last two years by submitting Vladimir Matyushenko at Bellator 116 in April.
The main card also features the completion of the promotion’s light heavyweight tournament as unbeaten Liam McGreary faces off with Kelly Anundson. England’s McGreary enters the contest having finished all five of his Bellator appearances in the first round. Nevada’s Anundson rides a six-fight winning streak of his own into the bout.
The 12-fight event kicks off Friday with a live stream of the preliminary card on Spike.com beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The four-fight main card airs live on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET.
Kelly Anundson (206) vs. Liam McGeary (204.6) – light heavyweight tournament final
Zeilton Rodrigues (135) vs. L.C. Davis (135.9)
Tom Bagnasco (159)* vs. Ryan Couture (155.5)
Justin Jaynes (152.8) vs. Reuben Baraiac (153.2)
Cortez Phelia (134.8) vs. Eric Ramirez (128.6)
Ben Reiter (185.7) vs. Shamir Garcia (184)
Tony Hervey (154.3) vs. Jason Fischer (155.5)
Adrian Henderson (260.5) vs. Leroy Johnson (263)
Mike Hernandez (136) vs. Thomas Vasquez (135)
Sabah Homasi (170.3) vs. Eric Moon (170.6)
Mike Hamida (155) vs. Adrian Hadribeaj (155.2)
*Bagnasco was given two hours to reach the lightweight limit