The official weigh-in event for Bellator 52's Saturday evening fight card took place earlier today (Sept. 30, 2011) at the L'Auberge du Lac Casino Resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
The preliminary card was a comedy of errors, as Genair de Silva, Cosmo Alexandre and Nick Nichols all failed to make weight. They have two hours to go back and try again but considering the overages, only Alexandre has a legitimate chance to make his mark.
Bellator 52 will be the continuation of the promotion's fifth season as eight heavyweights square off in the quarterfinals for the right to challenge for the title and earn a cool $100,000.
They will be joined by the a group of tournament newcomers which includes Ultimate Fighter season 10 competitor Abe Wagner, undefeated prospect Ron Sparks, tough Brazilian Thiago Santos, Sambo champion Blagoi Ivanov, knockout artist Eric Prindle and gritty Oklahoman Mark Holata.
Complete Bellator 52 weigh in results after the jump:
265 lbs.: Neil Grove (265.5) vs. Mike Hayes (228)
265 lbs.: Blagoi Ivanov (244) vs. Zak Jensen (265)
265 lbs.: Eric Prindle (265.5) vs. Abe Wagner (247.5)
265 lbs.: Mark Holata (258) vs. Ron Sparks (263)
Local Feature Fights (Spike.com)
145 lbs.: Genair de Silva (150)* vs. Bryan Goldsby (144.4)
155 lbs.: Cosmo Alexandre (157)* vs. Josh Quayhagen (156)
265 lbs.: Liron Wilson (227.4) vs. Justin Frazier (263)
205 lbs.: Matt Van Buren (204.2) vs. Nick Nichols (213.6)*
*Has two hours to lose the extra weight
Remember that MMAMania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of Bellator 52, beginning with the MTV2 telecast starting at 9 p.m. ET tomorrow night (October 1).
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!