On Thursday, Sept. 25, Bellator MMA held the weigh-ins for its 126th event which takes place Friday, Sept. 26, from the Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix.

In the night’s main event, the promotion’s middleweight title will be on the line as champion Alexander Shlemenko locks horns with tournament winner Brandon Halsey. The Russian Shlemenko saw his 13-fight winning streak come to a crashing halt in May when he moved up in weight to challenge former UFC champion Tito Ortiz. The 30-year-old will be seeking his fourth title defense. Halsey, meanwhile, moved his record to 7-0 in July with a first-round submission of former title challenger Brett Cooper.

The main card also features a lightweight tournament final between Polish submission specialist Marcin Held and explosive Brazilian Patricky “Pitbull” Freire. The 22-year-old Held rides a four-fight winning streak and has won nine of his last 10 fights. Six of those wins have come via tapout. Freire has rebounded from a three-fight skid to earn three straight wins, including two via strikes. He has earned knockouts in nine of his 13 wins.

The 11-fight event kicks off with a live stream of the preliminary card on Spike.com beginning at 6 p.m. ET. The four-fight main card airs live on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET.

Below are the results of the event’s weigh-ins.

Bellator 126 Weigh-in Results
Alexander Shlemenko (184.4) vs. Brandon Halsey (184.6) – for middleweight title
Marcin Held (155.7) vs. Patricky Freire (155.6) – lightweight tournament final
Thiago Meller (145.4) vs. Bubba Jenkins (146)
Mike Richman (135.5) vs. Ed West (135.9)
Nick Rossborough (245.8) vs. Ryan Martinez (256.8)
Brandon Girtz (156) vs. Benny Madrid (155.9)
Derek Campos (153.3) vs. Estevan Payan (155.4)
Stuart Austin (235.2) vs. Dan Charles (228.3)
Michael Parker (136.3) vs. Joe Taimanglo (135.7)
Jacob Ortiz (186) vs. Clifford Starks (185.3)
Raymond Pina (159.4) vs. Larue Burley (155)

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