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Bellator MMA puts on its first card of August on Friday night, and all but one fighter has made weight.
Bellator 243 is headlined by a pivotal lightweight fight between former Bellator champion Michael Chandler and former Ultimate Fighting Championship and World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight king Benson Henderson. This is the second meeting between the two talented mixed martial artists, with Chandler (20-5) capturing a split decision over “Smooth” back in 2016. Since that fight, “Iron Mike” has dropped the lightweight belt on two separate occasions, against Brent Primus – a loss Chandler later avenged -- and to current titleholder Patricio Freire in first-round TKOs. Since the championship defeat to Freire, Chandler returned to form with an early knockout of Sidney Outlaw in his last bout. Chandler looked prepared on the scales and officially weighed 155.9 pounds.
Championship gold has eluded Henderson (28-8) inside the Bellator cage, but a win over Chandler could earn him another title shot. The standout lightweight is currently on a four-fight win streak that saw him submit Roger Huerta and win decisions over Myles Jury, Adam Piccolotti and Saad Awad. Henderson had no issue making weight and came in at 155.6 pounds.
After today's weigh-ins, the 10-fight card is now official, and only one fighter missed weight: Mike Hamel (154.6)*, who came in heavy for his scheduled 150-pound catchweight fight against Adam Borics as a late replacement. He has been fined a percentage of his purse and the fight will still go ahead as planned.
Bellator 243 will air in its entirety on Dazn with its preliminary card starting at 7:15 p.m. ET/4:15 p.m. PT. The main card will also air live on the Paramount Network, kicking off at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
Bellator 243 Weigh-in Results:Michael Chandler (155.9) vs. Benson Henderson (155.6)
Matt Mitrione (263.2) vs. Timothy Johnson (262.6)
Myles Jury (155.5) vs. Georgi Karakhanyan (155.5)
Curtis Millender (174) vs. Sabah Homasi (175)
Adam Borics (150.2) vs. Mike Hamel (154.6)*
A.J. Agazarm (145.3) vs. Cris Lencioni (145.8)
Nainoa Dung (155.1) vs. Charlie Campbell (155.8)
Grant Neal (204.7) vs. Hamza Salim (205.1)
Dalton Rosta (185.7) vs. Mark Gardner (184.8)
Tara Graff (125) vs. Valerie Loureda (125.3)
* Hamel came in 3.6 pounds heavy for his 150-pound catchweight contest and has been fined a percentage of his purse.
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