It's all systems go for the start of Bellator MMA's light heavyweight grand prix.
Bellator's second show on Showtime will see its light heavyweight grand prix begin as former champion Ryan Bader rematches ex-Ultimate Fighting Championship champ Lyoto Machida in the Bellator 256 main event. The five-round main event is now official after the weigh-ins took place. Both veteran headliners had no trouble making weight, and 25 of the 26 mixed martial artists on the 13-fight card made their contracted weights. The lone exception was Jeffrey Glossner, who came in 1.8 pounds over the bantamweight limit.
Looking to rebound from losing his light heavyweight title, Bader (27-6, 1 NC) is still the promotion's heavyweight king. Last time out, the 37-year-old was knocked out by Vadim Nemkov. Since Bader's prior fight was a no contest against Cheick Kongo, his last win was in January 2019 against heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko. "Darth" officially hit the scales at 205 pounds on the dot.
The winner of the pair's first meeting in 2012 was Machida (26-10), when "The Dragon" knocked out Bader in under two rounds. Now 42, Machida is riding a two-fight losing streak as he suffered split decisions defeats to both Gegard Mousasi and Phil Davis. The Brazilian karateka will look to bounce back to his winning ways, and weighed 204.6 for this bout.
The five-fight Bellator 256 main card will air live on Showtime starting at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Before that is the preliminary card, which will air free on YouTube starting at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.
Bellator 256 Weigh-in Results:Ryan Bader (205) vs. Lyoto Machida (204.6)
Liz Carmouche (125.4) vs. Vanessa Porto (126)
Jeremy Kennedy (145.7) vs. Adam Borics (145.8)
Cat Zingano (145.2) vs. Olivia Parker (145.4)
Goiti Yamauchi (155.8) vs. Dan Moret (155.6)
Dalton Rosta (185.5) vs. Tony Johnson (185.2)
Talita Nogueira (146) vs. Jessica Borga (145.2)
Cass Bell (135.6) vs. Jornel Lugo (135)
Cody Law (145.2) vs. Nathan Ghareeb (143.8)
Jaylon Bates (136) vs. Jeffrey Glossner (137.8)*
Nainoa Dung (155.9) vs. Isaiah William (156)
Diana Avsaragova (125.8) vs. Tara Graff (125.2)
John Douma (135.4) vs. Will Smith (134.6)
* Glossner missed weight by 1.8 pounds and has been fined a percentage of his purse.
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