Bellator 44 takes place at Caesars in Atlantic City, N.J., on Saturday. The official weigh-ins and pre-fight press conference took place Friday afternoon at Caesars.
The main event, non-title bout between Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard and UFC veteran Falaniko Vitale is on, and the lightweight tournament finalists, Michael Chandler and Patricky “Pitbull” Freire, both made weight.
A bantamweight feature bout has been scrapped, however, as Anthony Morrision tipped the scale at 146.5 pounds, 10.5 pounds over the allowance for a 135-pound bout. After failing to make weight, New Jersey only allows a fighter to lose another 2.5 percent of their body weight, so Morrison could not have made weight, even upon weighing in again. It was also too late to find a replacement, as fighters must be licensed at least 48 hours prior to their fight in New Jersey.
Bellator 44 will be broadcast live on Saturday 9 p.m. ET on MTV2.
Bellator 44 Official Weigh-in Results:
Main Bouts (On MTV2):
-Hector Lombard (185) vs. Falaniko Vitale (185.5)
-Michael Chandler (156) vs. Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (155)
-Alexander Shlemenko (186) vs. Brett Cooper (185.5)
-Anthony Morrison (146.5) vs. Bryan Goldsby (135)*
-Sam Oropeza (170.5) vs. Giedrius Karavackas (169.5)
-Jamall Johnson (213.5) vs. Randy Smith (255.5)
-Jay Silva (185.5) vs. Gemiyale Adkins (186)
-Jeff Lentz (146) vs. Anthony Leone (146.5)**
*The Anthony Morrison vs. Bryan Goldsby fight has been removed, as Morrison failed to make weight
**Anthony Leone did make weight