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UNCASVILLE, Conn. – MMA Junkie is on scene and reporting live from Thursday’s officialfighter weigh-ins.
The weigh-ins take place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The same venue hosts Friday’s event, which has a main card on Showtime following prelims on MMA Junkie.
Among those weighing in are heavyweight champion and former light heavyweight champ Ryan Bader (27-6 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) and Lyoto Machida (26-10 MMA, 2-2 BMMA), who meet in a rematch in the main event. That fight also is a quarterfinal bout in Bellator’s light heavyweight tournament.
The full Bellator 256 weigh-in results include:
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UNCASVILLE, Conn. – When it comes to hosting events outside the bubble at Mohegan Sun, Bellator president Scott Coker "can see light at the end of the tunnel." Coker said Friday night that the promotion, which is owned by media giant ViacomCBS, has been in…Coker said Friday night that the promotion, which is owned by media giant ViacomCBS, has been in communication with the “Viacom-COVID task force” about hosting events on the road now that COVID-19 restrictions have begun to ease nationwide and more than 66 million people have been fully vaccinated.
MAIN CARD (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET)Ryan Bader (205) vs. Lyoto Machida (204.6) – light heavyweight tournament quarterfinal Liz Carmouche (125.4) vs. Vanessa Porto () Adam Borics (145.8) vs. Jeremy Kennedy () Olivia Parker (145.4) vs. Cat Zingano (145.2) Dan Moret (155.6) vs. Goiti Yamauchi (155.8)
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMA Junkie, 6 p.m. ET)Tony Johnson (185.2) vs. Dalton Rosta (185.5) Jessica Borga (145.2) vs. Talita Nogueira (146) Cass Bell (135.6) vs. Jornel Lugo (135) Nathan Ghareeb (143.8) vs. Cody Law (145.2) Jaylon Bates (136) vs. Jeffrey Glossner () Nainoa Dung (155.9) vs. Izzy William (156) Diana Avsaragova (125.8) vs. Tara Graff (125.2) John Douma (135.4) vs. Will Smith (134.6) MORE:
Diana Avsaragova after good looking Bellator debut KO: 'I proved today that I belong here'
UNCASVILLE, Conn. – For her Bellator debut, set out to prove she's a combination of beauty and brawn, and she did just that. Only thing is, her fight with Tara Graff didn't last 15 minutes like she expected. "Obviously it didn't go that way, and I'm…“Obviously it didn’t go that way, and I’m very happy,” Avsaragova said Friday night through a translator.
Fabian Edwards vs. Austin Vanderford targeted for Bellator 259 .
A key middleweight matchup is in the works for May 21. MMA Junkie confirmed with a person with knowledge of the plans that vs. is currently targeted for Bellator 259, which takes place on that date at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The person asked to remain anonymous since Bellator officials have yet to formally announce the contest, which currently features verbal agreements in place but does not have a signed bout agreement. Vanderford (10-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) is currently ranked No. 3 in Bellator’s official rankings, while Edwards (9-1 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) checks in just behind at No. 4.