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Title fight set; one match deleted


PHOENIX – MMA Junkie was at the scene and reported from Friday’s official Bellator 273 fighter-weigh-in, where one fight has been deleted.

Among those who made weight was heavyweight champion Ryan Bader (28-7 MMA, 6-2 BMMA) and interim champion Valentin Moldawski (11-1 MMA, 6-0 BMMA), who fights in the main event.

In the co-function, former UFC and WEC lightweight champion Benson Henderson (28-11 MMA, 5-6 BMMA) accept Islam Mamedov (20-1-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) in a lightweight match that beat both fighters their respective points for Friday.

One preliminary card game was deleted by the Arizona Department of Gaming when short notice replacement Fabrizio Franco missed the featherweight limit by 5.2 pounds. After visibly struggling on the scale, his match vs. Weber Almeida was quickly dismissed.

The weigh-in took place at the Bellator Host Hotel in Phoenix. The nearby Footprint Center is hosting Saturday’s event, which has a main event on Showtime following precursors on MMA Junkie.

The complete Bellator 273 weigh-in results include:

MAIN CARD (show time, 22:00 ET)

  • Champion Ryan Bader (232.2) vs. interim champion Valentin Moldavsky (234.4) – for heavyweight title
  • Benson Henderson (155.8) vs. Islam Mamedov (155.6)
  • Henry Corrales (145.8) vs. Aiden Lee (145.8)
  • Sabah Homasi (170.8) vs. Jaleel Willis (170.2)

PRELIMINARY CARD (MMA Junkie, 19:00 ET)

  • Enrique Barzola (136) vs. Darrion Caldwell (135.8)
  • Saad Awad (156) vs. Chris Gonzalez (155.6)
  • Duane Johnson (185.6) vs. Dalton Rosta (184.6)
  • Nikita Mikhailov (135.6) vs. Blaine Shutt (134)
  • Lucas Brennan (145.4) vs. Benjamin Lugo (146)
  • Weber Almeida (145.2) vs. Fabrizio Franco (151.2) *
  • Sullivan Cauley (205.8) vs. Ben Parrish (205.2)

* Franco missed the featherweight limit by 5.2 pounds. Consequently, his match against Almeida was canceled.





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