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Bellator MMA returns to Madison Square Garden this Friday, June 7, for a stacked Bellator 222 card that features two title fights, and all title participants have successfully made weight.
The event is headlined by welterweight champion Rory MacDonald (169.4) taking on the undefeated Neiman Gracie (169.8) in the semifinals of the welterweight Grand Prix, where the winner will face Douglas Lima later this year. MacDonald is coming off of his controversial draw to Jon Fitch, while Gracie submitted Ed Ruth to advance.
The co-main event sees two light heavyweights collide as Chael Sonnen (205.6) prepares to take on Lyoto Machida (204.4). Sonnen recently competed up at heavyweight in the heavyweight Grand Prix, while Machida is coming off his successful Bellator debut where he edged former champ Rafael Carvalho.
Bellator 222 takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, and airs on Dazn this Friday at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. The event also features Dillon Danis (175) returning to the cage in a 175-pound catchweight contest against Max Humphrey (174). In a battle between two bantamweight prospects, Ricky Bandejas (136) takes on the unbeaten Patrick Mix (135.6). In a featherweight scrap, Juan Archuleta (145.8) collides with former two-time 135-pound king Eduardo Dantas (145.6). Opening up the main card is a bantamweight title fight and rematch between divisional kingpin Darrion Caldwell (134.6) and Rizin Fighting Federation champion Kyoji Horiguchi (134.4).
Bellator 222 Weigh-in Results:Rory MacDonald (169.4) vs. Neiman Gracie (169.8)
Chael Sonnen (205.6) vs. Lyoto Machida (204.4)
Dillon Danis (175) vs. Max Humphrey (174)
Ricky Bandejas (136) vs. Patrick Mix (135.6)
Juan Archuleta (145.8) vs. Eduardo Dantas (145.6)
Darrion Caldwell (134.6) vs. Kyoji Horiguchi (134.4)
Adam Borics (145.4) vs. Aaron Pico (145.4)
Heather Hardy (127.8) vs. Taylor Turner (127.8)
Larkyn Dasch (125.8) vs. Valerie Loureda (125)
Robson Gracie Jr. (168.6) vs. Oscar Vera (168.8)
Mike Kimbel (136.6)* vs. Sebastian Ruiz (135.6)
Haim Gozali (178) vs. Gustavo Wurlitzer (176)
Rena Kubota (111.2) vs. Lindsey VanZandt (111.4)
Phil Hawes (186) vs. Michael Wilcox (185.4)
Marcus Surin (155.6) vs. Nekruz Mirkhojaev (154)
Brandon Medina (124.8) vs. Brandon Polcare (126)
Whitney Jean-Francois (163.8) vs. Kastriot Xhema (164.6)
John Beneduce (146) vs. Kenny Rivera (145.8)
Jon Fitch (169.2)**
* Kimbel missed weight by .6 pounds.
** Fitch also weighed in as the backup fighter in case either MacDonald or Gracie were unable to compete.