The Bellator NYC/Bellator 180 weigh-ins are in the books. Headliners Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva both weighed a shade under 206 pounds, while Matt Mitrione came in 20 pounds heavier than Fedor Emelianenko. Most importantly, the three title fight are official, as Michael Chandler, Brent Primus, Douglas Lima, Lorenz Larkin, Phil Davis, and Ryan Bader all made weight.
By far the best moment of the weigh-ins was this pathetic, not even remotely subtle attempt by Sergio da Silva to cheat the system and hope he’d make the 130 lbs catchweight limit for his fight against Matt Rizzo.
Newsday’s Mark Lamonica has clarified the situation regarding Da Silva’s incredible whiff.
The Da Silva-Rizzo bout originally was scheduled to be contested at a 130-pound catchweight. It now becomes a 137.6-pound catchweight bout, said Danny Brener, a spokesman for Bellator. The New York State Athletic Commission approved the amended contract. Neither fighter will be fined, Brener said. Once Da Silva came in at 137.6, Rizzo needed to be within five pounds of him, per NYSAC’s rules for weight difference allowance, in order for the fight to occur. Brener said Rizzo was rehydrating before weighing in.
You can watch the ceremonial weigh-ins at 6 PM ET/3 PM PT at the top of the page.
Here’s Saturday’s full fight card:
Bellator NYC PPV Card (PPV, 10 PM ET)
Chael Sonnen (205.8) vs. Wanderlei Silva (205.8)
Fedor Emelianenko (236.4) vs. Matt Mitrione (256.6)
Michael Chandler (153.8) vs. Brent Primus (154.2) - For Chandler’s lightweight title
Douglas Lima (170) vs. Lorenz Larkin (169.8) - For Lima’s welterweight title
Aaron Pico (156) vs. Zach Freeman (155.8)
Bellator 180 Card (Spike TV, 8 PM ET)
Phil Davis (204.8) vs. Ryan Bader (204.4) - For Davis’ light heavyweight title
James Gallagher (144.4) vs. Chinzo Machida (146)
Neiman Gracie (170.4) vs. Dave Marfone (170.4)
Heather Hardy (125.2) vs. Alice Yauger (125.6)
Bellator 180 Preliminary Card (Bloody Elbow, 6 PM ET)
Ryan Couture (168.8) vs. Haim Gozali (169.2)
Jerome Mickle (155.8) vs. Anthony Giacchina (157.4*) - Giacchina missed weight
John Salgado (168.2) vs. Hugh McKenna (168.8)
Matt Rizzo (133.6) vs. Sergio da Silva (137.6) (catchweight was originally 130 pounds, NYSAC approved it to be 137.6 lbs)
Bradley Desir (160.6) vs. Nate Grebb (155.4)