Bellator 249 weigh-in results: Cyborg, Blencowe on weight, but two main card fighters heavy
UNCASVILLE, Conn. – MMA Junkie was on scene at Wednesday’s official Bellator 249 fighter weigh-ins at Mohegan Sun Arena, where two fighters missed weight.
Two main card fighters missed their marks by three pounds. Half of Thursday’s co-main event, Jaleel Willis (13-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), came in heavy at 159 pounds ahead of his promotional return against Patricky Freire (23-9 MMA, 14-7 BMMA).
And Leandro Higo (19-5 MMA, 2-3 BMMA) missed weight at 139 pounds for his main card fight against Ricky Bandejas (13-4 MMA, 3-3 BMMA), who made weight at 136 pounds.
After the conclusion of the ceremonial weigh-ins and faceoffs, Higo issued a statement on Instagram explaining his weight miss. Higo wrote that an unexpected flight delay “severely” affected hit weight cut.
Middleweight Curtis Millender (18-6 MMA, 3-3 BMMA) weighed in as an alternate and will be paid by the promotion despite his fight against Joe Schilling being canceled earlier this week.
Women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg (22-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) and challenger Arlene Blencowe (13-7 MMA, 6-3 BMMA) made championship weight for their main event bout at Mohegan Sun Arena.
The full Bellator 249 weigh-in results included:
MAIN CARD (CBS Sports Network, 10 p.m. ET)Champ Cris Cyborg (145) vs. Arlene Blencowe (144.5) – for women’s featherweight title Patricky Freire (155.5) vs. Jaleel Willis (159)* Ricky Bandejas (136) vs. Leandro Higo (139)** Saad Awad (155.5) vs. Mandel Nallo (155.9)
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMA Junkie, 7:30 p.m. ET)Steve Mowry (250.2) vs. Shawn Teed (255.4) Joseph Creer (183.3) vs. Andrew Kapel (185.8) Kyle Crutchmer (170.2) vs. Kemran Lachinov (170.2) Christian Edwards (204.5) vs. Hamza Salim (204.2) Da’Mon Blackshear (140) vs. Mike Kimbel (139.2) Aviv Gozali (168.8) vs. Logan Neal (169.3) Albert Gonzales (169.5) vs. Kastriot Xhema (169.7)
*Willis missed the welterweight limit by three pounds. He will be fined a percentage of his purse by Bellator.
**Higo missed the bantamweight limit by three pounds. He will be fined a percentage of his purse by Bellator.