The official weigh-in for Bellator 49's Saturday evening event took place today (September 9, 2011) at the Caesar's Atlantic City in Atlantic City New Jersey.
Of the 18 fighters who hit the scale, 14 successfully made weight. The only tournament fighter to miss weight was Douglas Lima. "The Phenom" has two hours to cut off the excess 0.4 pounds.
Bellator 49 will be the debut of the promotion's fifth season as eight welterweights square off in the quarterfinals with the tournament winner earning a right to challenge for the title as well as a cool $100,000.
Returning to the tournament will be three-time welterweight tournament veteran Dan Hornbuckle, season two semifinalist Steve Carl, season four semifinalist Brent Weedman and exciting striking specialist Chris Lozano.
They will be joined by the a group of tournament newcomers which includes UFC and The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season seven veteran Ben Saunders (pictured above), former MFC welterweight champion Douglas Lima, veteran Brazilian prospect Luis Santos and late injury replacement kickboxer Chris Cisneros.
Complete Bellator 49 weigh in results after the jump:
170 lbs.: Chris Lozano (170.5) vs. Brent Weedman (170)
170 lbs.: Ben Saunders (171) vs. Chris Cisneros (171)
170 lbs.: Luis Santos (171) vs. Dan Hornbuckle (170.5)
170 lbs.: Steve Carl (171) vs. Douglas Lima (171.4)*
Local Feature Fights (Spike.com)
145 lbs.: Brylan Van Artsdalen (144.2) vs. Joel Roberts (145.4)
170 lbs.: Giedrius Karavackas (170.8) vs. LeVon Maynard (171)
145 lbs.: Alexandre Bezerra (147)** vs. Scott Heckman (146)
145 lbs.: James Jones (149)*** vs. Lester Caslow (149)***
265 lbs.: Azunna Anyanwu (258) vs. J.A. Dudley (253.5)
*Douglas Lima has two hours to drop 0.4 pounds.
**Alexandre Bezerra has two hours to drop one pound.
***Both Jones and Caslow have two hours to drop four pounds unless they settle on a 149 pound catchweight.
Remember that MMAMania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of Bellator 49, beginning with the MTV2 telecast starting at 9 p.m. ET tomorrow night (September 10).
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!