Editor's note: The article has been updated at 6:15 p.m. on Sept. 17 to reflect additional information of a catchweight bout.
Bellator 266 is officially set after the weigh-ins took place earlier today and there was some drama on the scale.
The main event will see Yoel Romero's Bellator MMA debut as he faces former champion Phil Davis. Romero (13-5) exited the Ultimate Fighting Championship on a three-fight losing streak, although his losses came to Robert Whittaker, Paulo Costa and Israel Adesanya. The 44-year-old nicknamed "Soldier of God" will look to win his first bout since 2018 as he steps into the Bellator cage for the first time. Romero hit the scales at 205.4 pounds, with no issue reaching the light heavyweight limit as he competed at middleweight from 2013 to 2020.
Welcoming Romero to the league is another former UFC standout in Davis (22-6, 1 NC). "Mr. Wonderful" most recently came up short in his title fight against Vadim Nemkov, losing a five-round unanimous decision. Prior to that setback, Davis defeated Liam McGeary, Karl Albrektsson and Lyoto Machida to earn a crack at his old belt. The former Penn State wrestling champion weighed 206 pounds for the bout.
While both headliners made weight, DeAnna Bennett came in 3.2 pounds heavy for her bout against Alejandra Lara. Additionally, a 160-pound matchup between Eddie Abasolo and Art Hernandez fell through when Hernandez came in well over the scheduled cap at 168 pounds.
Bellator 266 will air live on Saturday on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Prelims will stream on the promotion's YouTube channel at 6:55 p.m. ET/3:55 p.m. PT.
Bellator 266 Weigh-in Results:Phil Davis (206) vs. Yoel Romero (205.4)
Neiman Gracie (170.6) vs. Mark Lemminger (169.9)
DeAnna Bennett (129.2)* vs. Alejandra Lara (125.2)
Georgi Karakhanyan (155.6) vs. Saul Rogers (155.7)
Christian Edwards (204.3) vs. Ben Parrish (205.6)
Grant Neal (204.1) vs. Alex Polizzi (204.9)
Anthony Adams (185.3) vs. Khalid Murtazaliev (185.3)
Albert Gonzales (175) vs. Abraham Vaesau (175)
Socrates Hernandez (135.9) vs. Robert Seronio III (135.4)
Rhalan Gracie (171) vs. Shane Keefe (169.1)
Eddie Abasolo (N/A)** vs. Art Hernandez (168)***
Jonathan Adams (125.4) vs. Edwin De Los Santos (125.3)
Jesse Delgado (129.5) vs. Joshua Dillon (130)
* Bennett missed weight by 3.2 pounds and has been fined a percentage of her purse.
** Abasolo did not weigh in.
*** Hernandez missed weight by seven pounds, and his fight has been canceled.
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