The official weigh-in event for Bellator 56's Saturday evening fight card took place today (October 28, 2011) in the Athens Room of the Argosy Casino in Kansas City, Kansas.
There was quite a bit of jawing between champion Ben Askren and challenger Jay Hieron in their post-weigh in staredown. Also, all four tournament heavyweights weighed in between 264 and 265 pounds for their respective fights. A whopping four fighters on the undercard missed weight and will have three hours to drop the necessary pounds for their respective bouts.
Bellator 56 will be the continuation of the promotion's season five heavyweight tournament with the semifinals.
The main event of the evening will be a Bellator welterweight title fight as undefeated champion Ben Askren looks to defend his title against season four tournament winner and former IFL champion Jay Hieron.
Quarterfinal winners Ron Sparks and Eric Prindle will square off on one side of the bracket while injury alternate Thiago Santos will match up against Neil Grove, who advanced on late notice when Blagoi Ivanov was also forced out with an injury.
Complete Bellator 56 weigh in results after the jump:
170 lbs.: Ben Askren (169.6) vs. Jay Hieron (169.8)
265 lbs.: Neil Grove (264.6) vs. Thiago Santos (264.6)
265 lbs.: Eric Prindle (264.2) vs. Ron Sparks (264.4)
145 lbs.: Adam Schindler (145.8) vs. Jeremy Spoon (145.4)
170 lbs.: Marcio Navarro (169.8) vs. Rudy Bears (169.6)
205 lbs.: Kelvin Tiller (206.4*) vs. Dan Spohn (205.6)
155 lbs.: William de Souza (155.8) vs. Emanuel Brooks (157**)
135 lbs.: Jemeison Saudino (136.8***) vs. Jacob Aiken (131.4)
135 lbs.: Aaron Ely (140.4****) vs. Owen Evinger (135)
265 lbs.: Daniel Gallemore (247) vs. Derrick Ruffin (242.6)
*Tiller has 3 hours to drop .4 pounds
**Brooks has 3 hours to drop 1 pound
***Saudino has 3 hours to drop .8 pounds
****Eli has 3 hours to drop 4.4 pounds
Remember that MMAMania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of Bellator 56, beginning with the MTV2 telecast starting at 9 p.m. ET tomorrow night (October 29).
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!