The official weigh-in event for Bellator 53's Saturday evening fight card took place earlier today (October 7, 2011) at the Buffalo Run Hotel & Casino in Miami, Oklahoma.
All main card fighters successfully made weight, and only Emanuel Brooks from the first fight on the undercard failed to make weight. He will have two hours to drop 2.5 pounds.
Bellator 53 will be the continuation of the promotion's season five welterweight tournament as the promotion holds its semifinals.
Headlining the main card will be a strong bout between stand-up specialists Ben Saunders and Luis Santos. Saunders is a Muay Thai wrecking machine while Santos possesses solid kickboxing skills and a strong submission game. The other semifinal matchup will be an intriguing bout between Cleveland's own Chris Lozano, a heavy hitter and Douglas Lima, a submission specialist with an improving striking game.
They will be joined by two main card fights which feature two semifinalists of previous featherweight tournaments in Ronnie Mann and Kenny Foster, both scrappy young strikers that are capable on the ground.
Lastly, there will be a heavyweight alternate fight between two giants in Josh Burns and Thiago Santos. Both men will be battling to potentially replace Mike Hayes, who was issued a 60 day suspension after defeating Neil Grove last week in the heavyweight tournament quarterfinals.
Complete Bellator 53 weigh in results after the jump:
170 lbs.: Luis Santos (170.5) vs. Ben Saunders (170.5)
170 lbs.: Douglas Lima (170.5) vs. Chris Lozano (169.75)
145 lbs.: Kenny Foster (146) vs. Ronnie Mann (145.75)
265 lbs.: Josh Burns (262.5) vs. Thiago Santos (263.5)
185 lbs.: Darryl Cobb (185) vs. Giva Santana (185.5)
175 lbs.: A.J. Matthews (175.5) vs. Rudy Bears (174)
205 lbs.: Myron Dennis (204.5) vs. Raphael Davis (206)
157 lbs. Greg Scott (157) vs. Emanuel Brooks (160.5)*
170 lbs.: Levi Avera (16-9) vs. David Rickels (8-0)
140 lbs.: Zak Laird (5-1) vs. Luiz Nogueira (11-2)
*Brooks has two hours to drop 2.5 pounds.
Remember that MMAMania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of Bellator 53, beginning with the MTV2 telecast starting at 9 p.m. ET tomorrow night (October 8).
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!