The official weigh-in event for Bellator 54's Saturday evening fight card took place today (October 14, 2011) at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Of the 18 fighters who hit the scales, four of them failed to make weight including two main card participants. Superfight participant Ryan Roberts was .5 pounds over, undefeated Rene Nazare was over by .2 pounds and on the undercard, Lewis Rumsey missed weight by 1.2 pounds while Brian Kelleher missed by a laughable 3.6. They will have up to two hours to drop the remaining weight. No tournament fighters missed weight.
Bellator 54 will be the continuation of the promotion's season five middleweight tournament as the promotion holds its semifinals.
One of the most exciting potential match-ups of the night will be between free-swinging Alexander Shlemenko and first round knockout specialist Brian Rogers. The other semifinal bout will be between Wanderlei Silva's Brazilian jiu-jitsu coach Vitor Vianna and well-rounded season three tournament finalist Bryan Baker.
The main event of the evening will be a special feature fight for the Bellator bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky as he takes on UFC veteran Ryan Roberts, who's dropping down to 135 pounds for the first time.
Complete Bellator 54 weigh in results after the jump:
185 lbs.: Brian Rogers (185.5) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (185.5)
185 lbs.: Vitor Vianna (185.2) vs. Bryan Baker (183)
135 lbs.: Ryan Roberts (136.5*) vs. Zack Makovsky (135)
155 lbs.: Jacob Kirwan (156) vs. Rene Nazare (156.2**)
185 lbs.: Duane Bastress (184.5) vs. Daniel Gracie (185.5)
205 lbs.: Ryan Contaldi (206) vs. Tim Carpenter (205)
185 lbs.: Lewis Rumsey (187.2***) vs. Joey Kirwan (186)
125 lbs.: Andria Caplan (146) vs. Adrienne Seiber (144)
135 lbs.: Brian Kelleher (139.6****) vs. Claudio Ledesma (136)
*Roberts will have up to two hours to lose the contracted .5 pounds to make the 136 pound allowance.
**Nazare will have up to two hours to lose the contracted .2 pounds to make the 156 pound allowance.
***Rumsey will have up to two hours to lose the ontracted 1.2 pounds to make the 186 pound allowance.
**** Kelleher will likely have to hope his opponent accepts a catchweight as he's likely not going to be allowed to cut 3.6 pounds in time.
Remember that MMAMania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of Bellator 54, beginning with the MTV2 telecast starting at 9 p.m. ET tomorrow night (October 15).
It's going to be a great night of fights so don't miss it, and remember to check us out for all the post-fight coverage after tomorrow night's card is wrapped up.
See you then!