Three prelims announced for Bellator 137, including Jesse Juarez vs. Ricky Rainey
The preliminary card for Bellator 137 is coming together with Thursday’s announcement of three new bouts.
Bellator 137 takes place on May 15 at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. The evening’s main card airs on Spike TV following prelims on MMAjunkie. A previously announced middleweight title bout between champion Brandon Halsey and challenger Kendall Grove headlines the event.
Announced for the card are welterweights Jesse Juarez (22-9 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) and Ricky Rainey (10-3 MMA, 2-1 BMMA); bantamweights Joe Taimanglo (20-6-1 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) and Antonio Duarte (18-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) ;and featherweights Jordan Parsons (10-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) and Julio Cesar Neves Jr. (30-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA).
WSOF 20 weigh-in results: Dave Branch (204), Jesse McElligott (203) set for new main event
The weigh-ins are in the books for Friday’s WSOF 20 event, and the newly booked main event is official.
The WSOF 20 weigh-in results included:
MAIN CARD (NBCSN, 9 p.m. ET)
Dave Branch (204) vs. Jesse McElligott (203) – light heavyweight tournament semifinal
Joe Condon (156) vs. Nick Newell (155)
Ben Fodor (174) vs. Emmanuel Walo (176)
Juliano Coutinho (264) vs. Steve Mocco (246)
Ozzy Dugulubgov (155) vs. Lucas Montoya (155)
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)
Leon Davis (155) vs. Islam Mamedov (155)
Saul Almeida (146) vs. Chris Foster (144)
Chip Moraza-Pollard (170) vs. Matt Secor (170)
Johnny Campbell (130.4) vs. Darren Mima (126.4)
Bellator 136 weigh-in results: Will Brooks, Dave Jansen on weight for title fight
The Bellator 136 fighter weigh-ins took place today, and all main card fighters made weight without issue.
The Bellator 136 weigh-in results included:
MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET)
Champ Will Brooks (155) vs. Dave Jansen (154.6) – for lightweight title
Rafael Carvalho (185.8) vs. Joe Schilling (185.6)
Marcin Held (155.8) vs. Alexander Sarnavskiy (155)
Alexander Volkov (243) vs. Tony Johnson (264)
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)
Fabricio Guerreiro (145.2) vs. John Teixeira (145.8)
Saad Awad (155.4) vs. Rob Sinclair (155.2)
Joey Beltran (184) vs. Brian Rogers (186)
Marcos Bonilla (147)* vs. A.J. McKee (144)
Chad George (136) vs. Mark Vorgeas (135.6)
Jay Bogan (147.4)** vs. Justin Governale (146)
Jonathan Santa Maria (125) vs. Steve Ramirez (126)
Chris Herrera (186) vs. Luc Bondole (185.6)
Cleber Luciano (150) vs. Aaron Miller (150) – 150-pound catchweight fight
* Bonilla must lose a pound to make the featherweight limit
** Bogan must lose 1.4 pounds to make the featherweight limit
Ronny Markes out of WSOF 20 main event, David Branch gets new opponent
World Series of Fighting 20 has lost yet another competitor during fight week.
Three days after Melvin Guillard was pulled from the card, headliner Ronny Markes dropped out of the main event Thursday, the day of weigh-ins, WSOF executive vice president Ali Abdel Aziz told MMAFighting.com. Markes is in the hospital, Abdel Aziz said. It was immediately unclear what was ailing him.
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UFN 62’s Jorge Oliveira tests positive for stanozolol, suspended for one year
The Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) announced earlier this week that all fighters who competed at the UFC Fight Night 62 event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 21, tested clean for banned substances. However, that’s not the case.
According to CABMMA, "a communication error was identified by the Executive Committee when issuing the drug test results" due to "a misinterpretation of the partial report sent by the UCLA Olympic Analytical Lab (WADA Accredited Lab), where tests were analyzed and results confirmed."
Nate Diaz vs Matt Brown - UFC 189
The matchup was revealed on Wednesday’s edition of UFC Tonight. UFC 189 takes place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and is headlined by a featherweight title tilt between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor. In the evening’s co-main event, Robbie Lawler will defend his welterweight strap against Rory MacDonald.