On Thursday, Sept. 18, Bellator MMA hosted the weigh-ins for its 125th event which takes place Friday, Sept. 19 from the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif.
In the night’s main event, former title challenger Doug Marshall will welcoming hard-hitting kickboxing specialist Melvin Manhoef to the promotion. The 37-year-old Marshall saw his four-fight winning streak come to a crashing halt in November when middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko stopped him with strikes. Manhoef, meanwhile, has bounced back and forth between kickboxing and MMA throughout his career. In his most recent MMA bout, he stopped fellow Strikeforce veteran Evangelista Santos in just 46 seconds.
The main card also features four-time middleweight tournament veteran Brian Rogers against Brazilian Rafael Carvalho. Rogers got back in the win column in May with a flying knee knockout of Adrian Miles. Carvalho will make his promotional debut at the event.
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.
Below are the results of the event’s weigh-ins.
Rafael Carvalho (186) vs. Brian Rogers (185.6)
Martin Stapleton (148) vs. Goiti Yamauchi (146)
Javy Ayala (264.6) vs. Raphael Butler (257.3)
Ron Keslar (170.6) vs. Jesse Juarez (170.4)
Aaron Wilkinson (170.5) vs. Chris Honeycutt (170.6)
Julio Cesar Neves (146) vs. Poppies Martinez (145.6)
Granson Clark (185.9) vs. George Zuniga (185.5)
Jonny Bonilla-Bowman (145.7) vs. Art Becerra (145.5)
Oscar Ramirez (124.3) vs. Matt Ramirez (126)
Joe Neal (135.2) vs. Paul Ruiz (135.5)
Nate James (181) vs. Anthony Ruiz (185.5)