Bellator MMA returns to the SAP Center in San Jose, California, where the featherweight grand prix kicks off and heavyweight gold is on the line.
In the main event Ryan Bader (228.7) looks to defend his heavyweight title for the first time when he takes on Cheick Kongo (239.2). "Darth" won the belt through the heavyweight grand prix, where he beat Muhammed Lawal, Matt Mitrione and Fedor Emelianenko. The 44-year-old Frenchman, meanwhile, is on an eight-fight winning streak, most recently exacting revenge on Vitaly Minakov in a rematch by decision. The co-main event sees one of four featherweight grand prix bouts, as Daniel Straus (144.4) takes on Derek Campos (144.9).
Bellator 226 which airs on Dazn at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.mm. ET, also features the other three grand prix bouts as well as an alternate. First up, Pat Curran (144.6) scraps with Adam Borics (144.7). Next, Emmanuel Sanchez (144.1) looks to hand Tywan Claxton (144.3) his first loss. The final grand prix fight is Sam Sicilia (145) vs. Pedro Carvalho (144.1). Opening up the main card is the alternate bout that pairs Gaston Bolanos (145.5) against Daniel Carey (144.2).
Bellator 226 Weigh-in Results:Ryan Bader (228.7) vs. Cheick Kongo (239.2)
Daniel Straus (144.4) vs. Derek Campos (144.9)
Pat Curran (144.6) vs. Adam Borics (144.7)
Emmanuel Sanchez (144.1) vs. Tywan Claxton (144.3)
Sam Sicilia (145) vs. Pedro Carvalho (144.1)
Gaston Bolanos (145.5) vs. Daniel Carey (144.2)
John Teixeira da Conceicao (145.6) vs. Ashleigh Grimshaw (145)
Ivan Batinich (185.2) vs. Daniel Compton (185.3)
Cornelius Savage (184.9) vs. Evan Gubera (184.7)
Cass Bell (135.6) vs. Isaiah Rocha (135.1)
Christopher Gonzalez (155.8) vs. Luis Vargas (156)
Amber Leibrock (145.4) vs. Jessica Borga (144.7)
Favian Gutierrez (185.7) vs. Alan Benson (184.7)
Adam Piccolotti (155.2) vs. Jake Smith (155.4)
Daniel Gonzalez (125.3) vs. Jonathan Adams (124)
James Terry (169.7) vs. Batsumberel Dagvadorj (171)
Peter Ishiguro (139.9) vs. Elias Anderson (139.8)
Hyder Amil (145.9) vs. Ignacio Ortiz (145.4)
Abraham Vaesau (178.8)* vs. Renato Valente Alves (172.9)
Albert Gonzales (180) vs. Tyson Miller (179.1)
* Vaesau missed weight by 2.8 pounds and has been fined 20 percent of his purse.