The official weigh-in event for tomorrow night's (April 4, 2013) Bellator 95 fight card took place today (April 3) at 5 p.m. ET from Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Of the 24 fighters who stepped onto the scales, 22 eventually successfully made weight. Carlos Brooks and Shedrick Goodrige from the preliminary card both were unable to make their 185 and 170 pound weight limits successfully. Title challenger Shahbulat Shamhalaev missed weight the first time around but was able to made it under the 145 pound limit in his second attempt.
Headlining the main event will be a Bellator featherweight title fight between champion Pat Curran and challenger Shahbulat Shamhalaev. Curran is coming off his first successful title defense, defeating Patricio Freire this past January in the first event of the promotion's eighth season. Shamhalaev stepped up on short notice to fight for the belt just six weeks after earning his title shot after becoming the season seven featherweight tournament winner.
Also on tap is a featherweight tournament final between Frodo Khasbulaev and Mike Richman. Both men have looked impressive but it's been Khasbulaev who's dropped some jaws in the tournament and is coming off a tremendous victory over Marlon Sandro in the semifinals. The winner will potentially get a shot at the Curran-Shamhalaev winner down the road depending on the nature of Daniel Straus' injury and legal situation.
The other final will be a middleweight battle between brawlers Doug Marshall and Brett Cooper, who both overcame adversity to potentially earn a shot at Alexander Shlemenko.
Last but not least, two judo experts will throw down as recent title challenger Rick Hawn moves up in weight to take on UFC veteran Karo Parisyan in a serious grudge match.
Complete Bellator 95 weigh-in results are posted below:
145 lb. title: Pat Curran (144.7) vs. Shahbulat Shamhalaev (144.7)
145 lbs.: Frodo Khasbulaev (145.4) vs. Mike Richman (145.1)
185 lbs.: Brett Cooper (185.2) vs. Doug Marshall (185.4)
170 lbs.: Karo Parisyan (171) vs. Rick Hawn (170.7)
205 lbs.: Anton Talamantes (205) vs. Liam McGeary (204)
145 lbs.: Kevin Roddy (146) vs. Brylan Van Artsdalen (145.2)
145 lbs.: Michael Brent Hess (145.9) vs. Will Martinez (144.9)
140 lbs.: Jimmie Rivera (139.3) vs. Brian Kelleher (139.5)
155 lbs.: Phillipe Nover (156) vs. Darrell Horcher (156)
185 lbs.: Carlos Brooks (188.8*) vs. Tom DeBlass (185.9)
170 lbs.: Shedrick Goodridge (172.8*) vs. Sam Oropeza (170.5)
170 lbs.: Lyman Good (170.8) vs. Dante Rivera (170.9)
*Brooks has two hours to drop 2.8 pounds
**Goodridge has two hours to drop 1.8 pounds.
Remember that MMAMania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of Bellator 95, beginning with the Spike TV telecast starting at 10 p.m. ET tomorrow night (April 4).
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!