The official weigh-in event for tomorrow night's (Nov. 2, 2012) Bellator 79 fight card took place today (Nov. 1) at 5 p.m. ET from Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada.
Of the 18 fighters who stepped on the scales, 17 successfully made weight. Only Christ Franck from the preliminary card failed to reach his contracted limit of 171 pounds, missing the mark by 1.2 pounds. He'll now be fighting at a 173 pound catchweight.
Headlining the main event of Bellator 79 will be a season seven heavyweight tournament semifinal match-up pitting former light heavyweight stand-out Richard Hale against season five heavyweight finalist Thiago Santos.
Also appearing on the card will be a featherweight season seven semifinal battle between top prospects Mike Richman and talented Russian Shahbulat Shamhalaev. All four men advanced to the semifinals after first round victories in the quarterfinals.
Rounding out the event will be a pair of welterweight fights featuring potential season eight tournament fighters as Bellator season five welterweight tournament winner Douglas Lima takes on Jacob Ortiz and former MFC standout Ryan Ford battles gritty Appalachian fighter Kyle Baker.
The complete Bellator 79 weigh-in results are posted below
265 lbs.: Richard Hale (238.4) vs. Thiago Santos (265)
145 lbs.: Mike Richman (145.2) vs. Shahbulat Shamhalaev (145.6)
180 lbs.: Douglas Lima (179.4) vs. Jacob Ortiz (179.8)
170 lbs.: Ryan Ford (169.8) vs. Kyle Baker (170.8)
265 lbs.: Josh Appelt (256.2) vs. Ed Carpenter (236.6)
170 lbs.: Marcus Aurélio (170.4) vs. Christ Franck (172.2*)
265 lbs.: Vitaly Minakov (245.8) vs. Vladimir Starcencov (260.2)
155 lbs.: Magomedrasul Khasbulaev (155.4) vs. Josh Pulsifer (155.4)
155 lbs.: Jonny Carson (155.6) vs. Guillaume DeLorenzi (155.6)
*The fight will now be held at a 173 pound catchweight
Remember that MMAMania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of Bellator 78, beginning with the MTV2 telecast starting at 8 p.m. ET tomorrow night (Nov. 2).
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!