Bellator MMA ends its year with a card containing a pair of title fights, and every fighter on the bill has made weight.
Interim bantamweight champion Raufeon Stots (134.4) made weight for his title defense against Danny Sabatello (135), and so did women's flyweight champion Liz Carmouche (124.8) for her rematch with Juliana Velasquez (124.2). It was a drama-free day on the scale, as all fighters for Bellator 289 successfully made weight.
Stots (18-1) is coming off an impressive knockout over Juan Archuleta that saw him claim the interim title. He'll go up against "The Italian Gangster" in the Bellator bantamweight grand prix semifinals, as the trash-talking Sabatello (13-1) is on an impressive seven-fight win streak. The winner will square off against the victor of Magomed Magomedov (134.4) vs. Patrick Mix for the million-dollar prize sometime in 2023, and both of those 135ers hit their proper marks for their semifinal pairing as well.
Meanwhile, this is the first defense for Carmouche (17-7) since defeating Velasquez via Round 4 TKO back in April. The two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship title challenger claimed the throne from Velasquez (12-1) after rattling off three straight wins in the promotion, including two stoppages. The formerly undefeated Velasquez will look to regain her belt and avenge her lone career defeat, as she had amassed a Bellator record of 7-0 before taking the loss to "Girl-Rilla."
Bellator 289 will air live on Showtime on Friday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Prelims commence at 5:25 p.m. ET/2:25 p.m. PT.
Bellator 289 Weigh-in Results:Raufeon Stots (134.4) vs. Danny Sabatello (135)
Liz Carmouche (124.8) vs. Juliana Velasquez (124.2)
Magomed Magomedov (134.4) vs. Patrick Mix (135)
Anthony Adams (185.4) vs. Dalton Rosta (185.6)
Ilara Joanne (124.8) vs. Denise Kielholtz (124.2)
Cody Law (145.4) vs. Cris Lencioni (146)
Kyle Crutchmer (170.8) vs. Jaleel Willis (170)
Kevin Boehm (145.1) vs. Kai Kamaka III (145.2)
Mark Lemminger (170.8) vs. Michael Lombardo (169.8)
Pat Downey (185.8) vs. Christian Echols (185.4)
Cass Bell (136) vs. Jared Scoggins (135.2)
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