Those looking forward to Robin van Roosmalen’s Bellator debut will have to wait.
The former GLORY Kickboxing two-division champion missed weight by 9.25 pounds Friday morning ahead of his Bellator 232 bout with Cris Lencioni. He weighed in at 155.25, but was contracted to compete at 146.
Lencioni declined to fight an overweight van Roosmalen, and as a result, the featherweight contest has been scratched from Saturday’s card in Uncasville, Connecticut. Sherdog first reported the news Friday morning.
Lencioni will receive his show money for making weight, according to MMA Junkie.
Commissioner Mike Mazulli told MMA Junkie that he would be making a notation in van Roosmalen’s file with the Associatation of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports, not allowing van Roosmalen to fight in the featherweight division in the future.
Van Roosmalen released a statement following his weight miss on Twitter.
“I’m heartbroken, but I understand my opponent’s decision not to stay in the fight,” van Roosmalen wrote Friday afternoon. “I have been a professional fighter for over 15 years and have been making a smaller weight (143lbs) consistently for the past three years, but my body just shut down this time. I did everything I could, cutting weight for over nine hours but my body just would not respond. I have never experienced this before. I am going to get assessed medically and decide my next steps from there.”
Van Roosmalen is a former kickboxing star who announced last year he would be transitioning full time to MMA. He signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator in May. In GLORY, van Roosmalen competed at both 145 and 155 pounds, winning titles in both weight classes.
Van Roosmalen has a 2-0 pro record in MMA but has not competed since early 2017. Lencioni, nicknamed “Sunshine,” is 5-2 in MMA and 2-2 in Bellator.
Here are the full Bellator 232 weigh-in results:
Rory MacDonald (169.25) vs. Douglas Lima (169.25)
Saad Awad (173) vs. Paul Daley (174.75)
Isaiah Chapman (136.25)* vs. Patrick Mix (136)
Manny Muro (160) vs. Nick Newell (159.75) – 160-pound catchweight
Cris Lencioni (145.25) vs. Robin van Roosmalen (155.25)**
Ryan Hardy Evans (170) vs. Demetrios Plaza (170)
Craig Campbell (158) vs. Kevin Ferguson Jr. (160)
Lance Gibson Jr. (155) vs. Dominic Jones (154.25)
Devin Powell (155.25) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Dan Cormier (125.5) vs. John Lopez (124)
John Douma (135) vs. Jornel Lugo (136)
Zarrukh Adashev (125.5) vs. Tevin Dyce (125.25)
* Chapman missed weight by .25 pounds, forfeits 20 percent of purse to Mix
** Van Roosmalen missed weight by 9.25 pounds, fight cancelled
Bellator 232 will be headlined by a welterweight title bout between champion Rory MacDonald and Douglas Lima. It also marks the final of the Bellator welterweight grand prix. MacDonald and Lima first met in January 2018, with MacDonald winning a narrow decision.