Brandon Halsey missed weight Thursday at the Bellator 137 weigh-ins, and has been slapped with the stiffest of penalties.
Bellator MMA officials confirmed with Sherdog.com content partners ESPN that win, lose or draw Friday against Kendall Grove, Halsey will not retain his middleweight championship after registering a weight of 188.1. Should Grove (184.9) taste victory, he will claim the title. If the former champion succeeds, the crown will become vacant. Additionally, Sherdog.com independently confirmed that the former ace will be fined 20 percent of his fight purse, with 10 percent going to the Grove and the rest to the California State Athletic Commission.
Halsey wasn’t the only combatant to come in over weight: four others on the card all were bloated in some regard. Mike Richman, who is scheduled to fight in the co-feature, is four pounds over the bantamweight limit of 135; Virgil Zwicker missed by .7; Joe Taimanglo is .2 pounds off the bantamweight limit; and Adrienna Jenkins is .7 pounds beyond the featherweight cap.
Bellator 137 goes down inside the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif., and airs live on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET. The prelims will stream on Spike.com at 7 p.m. ET.
Bellator 137 Weigh-in ResultsBrandon Halsey (188.1) vs. Kendall Grove (184.9)
Eduardo Dantas (135.2) vs. Mike Richman (139.2)
Fernando Gonzalez (170.9) vs. Curtis Millender (170.8)
Darrion Caldwell (135.7) vs. Rafael Silva (135.7)
Virgil Zwicker (206.7) vs. Razak Al-Hassan (205.6)
Joe Taimanglo (136.2) vs. Antonio Duarte (135.1)
Jordan Parsons (145.5) vs. Julio Cesar Neves Jr. (146)
Jesse Juarez (171) vs. Ricky Rainey (170.7)
Benji Radach (186) vs. Ben Reiter (186)
Adrienna Jenkins (146.7) vs. Arlene Blencowe (145.8)
Steve Kozola (155.8) vs. Ian Butler (155.2)
Shawn Bunch (135.4) vs. Rolando Perez (135.3)
Albert Morales (134.4) vs. John Yoo (135.4)