With the guidance of the Kansas Athletic Commission, Bellator 150 will feature multiple weigh-in options for the fighters set to compete Friday night.
The usual weigh-ins will still go down at 6 p.m. ET, but fighters may also weigh-in at the fighters’ hotel from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. ET.
“The health and safety of our fighters is of the utmost importance to us at Bellator MMA,” Bellator president Scott Coker said. “When we were told by the commission months ago that this was something they wanted to implement at our event, we were all for it.”
Featured will be a heavyweight contest between Cheick Kongo and Vinicius Quieroz on Spike TV from the Kansas Star Arena. The planned main event between bantamweight champion Marcos Galvao and Eduardo Dantas was called off after Galvao became ill.
“The idea to give fighters the option of weighing in earlier in the day came about after the dehydration and weight-cutting summit hosted by CSAC executive director Andy Foster in December,” Kansas Boxing Commissioner Adam Roorbach said. “After fleshing everything out, we decided this is the first step in trying to change the culture of extreme weight cutting. We are pleased that Bellator MMA shares our concerns, and is taking part in this process on Friday.”
A member of the Bellator team stated on Twitter that several fighters had already used the new weigh-in process in the morning.
You can watch the live weigh-ins in the video below.
Below is a look at the entire process:
If a fighter decides to weigh-in prior to the public weigh-in, they will be able to test their weight on the official scale and then declare that they are prepared to OFFICIALLY WEIGH. (The opponents representative will be notified and have 10 minutes to report if they choose to witness the weigh-in).
If for any reason the fighter fails to make weight, he/she will have up to two hours to re-weigh at which time the weight will be considered FINAL. The latest a fighter can officially weigh in is 2:00 PM, meaning they will have until 4:00 p.m. CT to have their final weight submitted. Any fighter not having officially weighed in by 2:00 p.m. CT must wait until 5:00 p.m. CT to weigh-in.
Regardless of when they tip the scales, all fighters must attend the live weigh-in event. Fighters who completed the weigh-in process earlier will step on the scale and have their previously recorded official weight announced. The remainder of competitors will weigh-in as usual.