Bellator’s eighth-season middleweight tournament will move forward as expected, as all four semifinalists hit their contracted marks at Wednesday’s Bellator 92 weigh-ins.
Brett Cooper and Dan Cramer checked in at 185.1 and 185.6 pounds, respectively, and Doug Marshall (185.1) was also cleared for his semifinal confrontation with Sultan Aliev (185.8).
“This guy’s going to try to hug me, drag me to the ground, make love to me,” said Marshall. “Whoever is going to impose his will is going to win, and it’s going to be me coming up with a knockout.”
Bellator 92 takes place at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif., and also showcases the semifinals of the Season 8 featherweight tournament, including a pivotal scrap between Alexandre Bezerra (146) and Mike Richman (145.4).
“We all know I bring the pressure, so he’s gonna have to handle mine,” said Richman. “I’m just going to search and destroy.”
Three-time tournament veteran Marlon Sandro (145.8) will compete on the other side of the bracket, taking on surging Dagestani Magomedrasul Khasbulaev (145.8). The evening’s main draw airs live on Spike TV immediately following the seven-fight preliminary card on Spike.com, which features onetime UFC talent Chris Saunders (154.5) taking on featherweight tournament vet Akop Stepanyan (156).
Bellator 92 Weigh-in Results:
Brett Cooper (185.1) vs. Dan Cramer (185.6)
Doug Marshall (185.1) vs. Sultan Aliev (185.8)
Alexandre Bezerra (146) vs. Mike Richman (145.4)
Marlon Sandro (145.8) vs. Magomedrasul Khasbulaev (145.8)
Keith Berry (186) vs. Richard Rigmaden (178.6)
Ricky Legere Jr. (173)* vs. Sabah Homasi (170.6)
Akop Stepanyan (156) vs. Chris Saunders (154.5)
Aaron Miller (146) vs. Shad Smith (146)
Josh Appelt (247) vs. Manny Lara (254.2)
Brandon Halsey (205) vs. Rocky Ramirez (204)
Nick Piedmont (146) vs. Cleber Luciano (144.6)
* Ricky Legere Jr. will have two hours to make the 171-pound limit.