Bantamweight Headliners Joe Warren, Owen Evinger Cleared for Friday’s Bellator 80
has not competed since relinquishing his
Bellator Fighting Championships
featherweight title to Pat Curran
On Friday, “The Baddest Man on the Planet” will return to the cage
as a bantamweight, taking on Owen
Evinger in the
Bellator 80 headliner from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and
Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Both Warren and Evinger were cleared at
Thursday’s weigh-ins, checking in at 135.6 and 135.2 pounds,
The evening’s main draw airs live on MTV2 and also features a
Season 7 featherweight tournament semifinal pitting Wagnney
Fabiano (146) against Rad
Martinez (145.8). Additionally, Vinicius Kappke de Quieroz
(240.5) and Alexander
Volkov (226) will meet to determine who will face Richard
Hale in the heavyweight final. Rounding out the main draw
broadcast will be a welterweight confrontation between five-time
Bellator veteran Brett
Cooper (185.8) and ex-Strikeforce talent Darryl Cobb
Six fights make up the evening’s undercard, which streams live on
Spike.com immediately prior to the MTV2 broadcast. Highlighting the
preliminary draw are appearances from former UFC talent Joe Vedepo
(185.4) and hard-hitting muay Thai practitioner Cosmo
Alexandre (168.2), as they take on Mike
Bernhard (185.6) and Josh
Quayhagen (169), respectively.
Bellator 80 Weigh-In Results:
Warren (135.6) vs. Owen
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Fabiano (146) vs. Rad
Kappke de Queiroz (240.5) vs. Alexander
Cooper (185.8) vs. Darryl Cobb
DeRocher (170) vs. Taylor
Quayhagen (169) vs. Cosmo
Moiseichik (146.4)* vs. Shanon
Otani (170.8) vs. Cristiano
Vedepo (185.4) vs. Mike
Girtz (156) vs. Michael
*After both Moiseichik and Slack failed to make the
featherweight limit, the bout was changed to a catch-weight
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