On Thursday, May 14, Bellator MMA hosted the weigh-ins for its 137th event which takes place Friday, May 15, from the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif.
The event was expected to be headlined by a middleweight title fight between recently crowned champion Brandon Halsey and longtime veteran Kendall Grove. However, Halsey failed to make weight for the title affair and was stripped of his title. Additionally, he was fined 20 percent of his fight purse. Halsey captured gold in September with a lightning-fast, first-round submission of Russian Alexander Shlemenko and the 28-year-old has yet to taste defeat in his eight-fight career. The title will remain on the line for Grove, who has gone 2-1 inside the Bellator cage. The former The Ultimate Fighter winner was most recently in action against former light heavyweight champion Christian M’Pumbu, earning a second-round submission. Should Halsey come out victorious, the middleweight title will become vacant.
Also on the main card, former Bellator bantamweight titleholder Eduardo Dantas will return to action against Mike Richman for the first time since losing his belt. Richman missed weight for the contest and although the bout was reported as being pulled from the card, Bellator officials later announced it would take place after all.
The event kicks off Friday with a preliminary card stream on Spike.com at 7 p.m. ET. The four-fight main card follows at 9 p.m ET on Spike.
Below are the results of the event’s weigh-ins.
Eduardo Dantas (135.2) vs. Mike Richman (139.2)*
Fernando Gonzalez (170.9) vs. Curtis Millender (170.8)
Darrion Caldwell (135.7) vs. Rafael Silva (135.7)
Benji Radach (186) vs. Ben Reiter (186)
Razak Al-Hassan (205.6) vs. Virgil Zwicker (206.7)*
Antonio Duarte (135.1) vs. Joe Taimanglo (136.2)
Julio Cesar Neves Jr. (146) vs. Jordan Parsons (145.5)
Jesse Juarez (171) vs. Ricky Rainey (170.7)
Albert Morales (134.4) vs. John Yoo (135.4)
Shawn Bunch (135.4) vs. Rolando Perez (135.3)
Ian Butler (155.2) vs. Steve Kozola (155.8)
Arlene Blencowe (145.8) vs. Adrienna Jenkins (146)
* – given two hours to make weight
# – Halsey was stripped of his title and fined 20 percent of his fight purse