Bellator Fighting Championships held official weigh-ins for Bellator 50 at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on Friday. All eight participants slated for the main card's middleweight tournament tipped the scales under the required weight of 185 pounds (with a one pound allowance). Season two middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko and runner-up Bryan Baker both looked to be in excellent shape heading into Saturday's event.
Twelve of the fourteen fighters that line the card's preliminary bouts made weight as well, with the exceptions being Marcelo Goncalves (156.5) and Dietter Navarro (156.25). Both men tipped the scales slightly over the required weight for their lightweight tilt, and afterwards agreed to a catchweight bout of 156.5 pounds.
Bellator 50 is slated for September 17th at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The action marks the opening round of Bellator's season-five middleweight tournament and will simulcast on MTV2 and EPIX.
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Bellator 50 weigh-in results:
Main Card (broadcasted on MTV2 and EPIX):
Middleweight Quarterfinal: Bryan Baker (184.25) vs. Jared Hess (185.5)
Middleweight Quarterfinal: Zelg Galesic (184.5) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (185.5)
Middleweight Quarterfinal: Sam Alvey (185.5) vs. Vitor Vianna (184.75)
Middleweight Quarterfinal: Victor O'Donnell (185.5) vs. Brian Rogers (185.5)
Preliminary Card (streamed on Spike.com):
Lightweight: Rad Martinez (155.5) vs. Brian Van Hoven (155.75)
Welterweight: Ailton Barbosa (170.5) vs. Ryan Keenan (170.5)
Middleweight: Valdir Araujo (185.25) vs. Brett Cooper (185)
Welterweight: John Kelly vs. Cristiano Souza
Lightweight: Martin Brown (155.75) vs. James Reese (155)
Catchweight (156.5 lbs): Marcelo Goncalves (156.5) vs. Dietter Navarro (156.25)
Catchweight (140 lbs): Shah Bobonis (139.25) vs. Marcos da Matta (140.25)