The official weigh-in event for tomorrow night's (July 31, 2013) Bellator 97 fight card took place today (July 30, 2013) at 6 p.m. ET from Stage Nightclub at the Santa Ana Star Casino in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
Of the 28 fighters who stepped on the scales, 26 of them successfully made weight. Only Richard Jacques and Cliff Wright Jr. failed to make their contracted limits. Bantamweight tournament fighter Rafael Silva missed on his initial attempt but was successful in his later efforts to make the 136 pound limit.
Headlining the main event will be a lightweight title fight featuring top-ranked champion Michael Chandler defending his belt against season eight tournament winner David Rickels. Rickels stepped up on eight week's notice after season seven lightweight tournament winner Dave Jansen went down with a knee injury and he promises to head into this bout with no fear.
Also on tap will be a welterweight title fight pitting a pair of undefeated fighters as champion Ben Askren looks to defend his crown against elite Russian prospect Andrey Koreshkov. Koreshkov won the season seven welterweight tournament, defeating the likes of Jordan Smith, Marius Zaromskis and former champion Lyman Good in the process.
Last but not least, a pair of tournament finals will take place as highly touted signing Muhammed Lawal vies for the Summer Series light heavyweight tournament crown against rival Jacob Noe while much ballyhooed Russian heavyweight prospect Vitaly Minakov challenges Ryan Martinez for the Summer Series heavyweight tournament championship.
Complete Bellator 97 weigh-in results are posted below:
155 lb. title: Michael Chandler (154.6) vs. David Rickels (154.6)
170 lb. title: Ben Askren (169.9) vs. Andrey Koreschkov (169.2)
205 lbs.: King Mo (205.6) vs. Jacob Noe (205.7)
265 lbs.: Ryan Martinez (262.7) vs. Vitaly Minakov (239.1)
145 lbs.: Jared Downing (145.9) vs. Patricio Pitbull (145.1)
158 lbs.: Cris Leyva (157.3) vs. Will Brooks (157.5)
135 lbs.: Rafael Silva (136.2*) vs. Rodrigo Lima (135.4)
135 lbs.: Anthony Leone (135.9) vs. Frank Baca (135.4)
155 lbs.: Mike Barreras (155.8) vs. Bubba Jenkins (156)
190 lbs.: Jeremy Kimball (189.2) vs. Keith Berry (189.9)
135 lbs.: Russell Wilson (135.6) vs. Shawn Bunch (135.6)
150 lbs.: Javier Palacios (148.4) vs. Richard Jacques (151.2**)
135 lbs.: Adrian Cruz (136) vs. Felipe Chavez (134.9)
145 lbs.: Cliff Wright Jr. (148.8***) vs. Donald Sanchez (145.4)
*Silva has two hours to drop 0.2 pounds
**Jacques has two hours to drop 1.2 pounds
***Wright Jr. has two hours to drop 2.8 pounds
Remember that MMAMania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of Bellator 97, beginning with the Spike TV telecast starting at 7 p.m. ET tomorrow night (July 31).
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!