Official weigh-ins for Bellator’s New York City debut took place Friday morning in Manhattan. Below are the results.
Bellator NYC main card on PPV, 10 p.m.
Chael Sonnen (205.8) vs. Wanderlei Silva (205.8)
Fedor Emelianenko (236.4) vs. Matt Mitrione (256.6)
Champion Douglas Lima (170.0) vs. Lorenz Larkin (169.8) – welterweight title fight
Champion Michael Chandler (153.8) vs. Brent Primus (154.2) – lightweight title fight
Aaron Pico (156) vs. Zach Freeman (155.8)
Bellator 180 on Spike TV, 8 p.m.
Champion Phil Davis (204.8) vs. Ryan Bader (204.4) – light heavyweight title fight
James Gallagher (144.4) vs. Chinzo Machida (146)
Neiman Gracie (170.4) vs. Dave Marfone (170.4)
Heather Hardy (125.2) vs. Alice Yauger (125.6)
Bellator 180 prelims on Bellator.com, 6 p.m.
Ryan Couture (168.8) vs. Haim Gozali (169.2)
Jerome Mickle (155.8) vs. Anthony Giacchina (157.4)*
John Salgado (168.2) vs. Hugh McKenna (168.8)
Matt Rizzo (133.6) vs. Sergio Da Silva (137.6)
Nate Grebb (155.4) vs. Bradley Desir (160.6)*
* missed weight
The Da Silva-Rizzo bout originally was scheduled to be contested at a 130-pound catchweight. It now becomes a 137.6-pound catchweight bout, said Danny Brener, a spokesman for Bellator. The New York State Athletic Commission approved the amended contract. Neither fighter will be fined, Brener said. Once Da Silva came in at 137.6, Rizzo needed to be within five pounds of him, per NYSAC’s rules for weight difference allowance, in order for the fight to occur. Brener said Rizzo was rehydrating before weighing in.
Da Silva was fidgeting on the scale and lifted his feet a few times, but the several surrounding NYSAC officials policed the weigh-in strictly and effectively and forced him to stand with his feet flat on the scale.
It was at UFC 210 weigh-ins in last April in Buffalo when the commission faced criticism for not noticing or stopping Daniel Cormier from holding on to a towel when he weighed in a second time and went from 206.2 to 205 moments later. After that event, NYSAC amended the language in its rules to say that a fighter “shall not make physical contact with any person or object other than the scale.”
Desir and Giacchina each missed the contracted weight. They, along with Da Silva, potentially face a suspension for missing weight, according to NYSAC rules. If that were to happen, it would occur after the fights.
The ceremonial weigh-ins will stream on Bellator.com at 6 p.m. to cap off the Bellator Nation Rally beginning at 4:30 at The Theater at MSG. Fighters who step onto that scale will be stepping onto a piece of New York sports history.
The scale being used is the same one used by Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier ahead of “The Fight of the Century” at Madison Square Garden on March 8, 1971.