After the weigh-ins took place, everything is set as Bellator MMA returns for both its first event of 2021 and its first on Showtime.
Bellator 255 is headlined a featherweight title bout between reigning champ Patricio Freire and challenger Emmanuel Sanchez. The winner will advance to the finals of the promotion's featherweight world grand prix tournament to face A.J. McKee. Both champion and challenger made weight, although the rest of the card wasn't as drama free as three fighters failed to hit their contracted weights while one bout was nixed.
Since knocking out lightweight Michael Chandler in just over a minute to become a double champion, "Pitbull" has impressed in the grand prix. Freire (31-4) beat up Juan Archuleta over five rounds in the opening round, and then knocked out Pedro Carvalho in under half a round to make his way into the semifinals. The titleholder stepped on the scales at 144.1 pounds ahead of what he hopes is his seventh overall title defense.
Looking to cause a major update and ruin the brackets of fans is Sanchez (20-4). The American fell short against Freire previously in 2018, losing a close five-round decision. However, he's currently riding a three-fight win streak that includes a submission of Tywan Claxton and a decision win over Daniel Weichel. Sanchez weighed 144.5 pounds ahead of his second shot at Bellator gold.
The Bellator 255 main card will air live and free on Showtime starting at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Friday. Meanwhile, the preliminary card will air live on YouTube starting at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.
Bellator 255 Weigh-in Results:Patricio Freire (144.1) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez (144.5)
Neiman Gracie (170) vs. Jason Jackson (170.9)
Tyrell Fortune (251.2) vs. Jack May (264.3)
Usman Nurmagomedov (155.2) vs. Mike Hamel (155)
Kana Watanabe (124.8) vs. Alejandra Lara (124.2)
C.J. Hamilton (134.4) vs. Magomed Magomedov (135)
Mukhamed Berkhamov (173.8)* vs. Herman Terrado (169.5)
Ricardo Seixas (154.9) vs. Mandel Nallo (154.9)
Fabio Aguiar (187.7)** vs. Khalid Murtazaliev (183.6)
Christopher Gonzalez (159.2) vs. Roger Huerta (159.4)
Jose Augusto Azevedo Barros (203.2) vs. Jonathan Wilson (204.2)
Roman Faraldo (171.1)*** vs. Trevor Gudde (170)
Jordan Newman (185.1) vs. Branko Busick (183.8)
* Berkhamov missed weight by 2.8 pounds and his fight with Terrado has been canceled.
** Aguiar missed weight by 1.7 pounds and has been fined a percentage of his purse.
*** Faraldo missed weight by .1 pounds and has been fined a percentage of his purse.
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