The official weigh-in event for tomorrow night's (June 19, 2013) Bellator 96 fight card took place today (June 18) at 6 p.m. ET from Winstar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
Of the 26 fighters who stepped on the scales, a whopping five of them missed weight. Most notable was light heavyweight tournament fighter Jacob Noe, who was 0.2 pounds over the 206 pound allowance. He'll have two hours to drop the allotted weight.
Headlining the main event will be the return of former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Muhammed Lawal as he takes on UFC veteran Seth Petruzelli in the opening round of the Bellator Summer Series light heavyweight tournament. Both men are trying to put their most recent fights behind them, having been finished via knockout/TKO in the last Bellator light heavyweight tournament.
The other half of the tourney will be a 205 battle between veteran Renato Sobral and the upstart Jacob Noe. Sobral was upset in the opening round of the last tournament while Noe, who actually beat Petruzelli in the quarterifnals, was unable to keep the momentum. The winner will be one fight away from a potential title shot.
But that's not all, the Summer Series heavyweight tournament will also be kicking off as former Bellator light heavyweight and heavyweight tournament finalist Richard Hale takes on late replacement Ryan Martinez while "Monster" Ron Sparks battles newly signed unbeaten prospect Vitaly Minakov.
Complete Bellator 96 weigh-in results are posted below:
205 lbs.: King Mo Lawal (205.2) vs. Seth Petruzelli (204.8)
205 lbs.: Renato Sobral (204.2) vs. Jacob Noe (206.2*)
265 lbs.: Ryan Martinez (263.8) vs. Rich Hale (240.1)
265 lbs.: Vitaly Minakov (246) vs. Ron Sparks (264.6)
170 lbs.: War Machine (170) vs. Blas Avena (170)
135 lbs.: Justin McNally (135.8) vs. Steven Artoff (138.8**)
155 lbs.: Brandon Girtz (155.7) vs. Derek Campos (159.2***)
265 lbs.: Brandon Halsey (205) vs. Joe Yaeger (205.5)
265 lbs.: Jeremiah O'Neal (260.5) vs. Raphael Butler (261)
155 lbs.: Keith Miner (155.8) vs. Damon Jackson (154.8)
135 lbs.: Mike Maldonado (135.8) vs. Chavous Smith (137.7****)
185 lbs.: Keith Berry (190*****) vs. Cortez Coleman (185.6)
145 lbs.: Jarrod Card (145.7) vs. Chas Skelly (145.9)
*Noe has two hours to drop 0.2 pounds
**Artoff has two hours to drop 2.8 pounds
***Campos has two hours to drop 3.2 pounds
****Smith has two hours to drop 1.7 pounds
*****Berry has two hours to drop 4 pounds
Remember that MMAMania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of Bellator 96, beginning with the Spike TV telecast starting at 8 p.m. ET tomorrow night (June 19).
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!