After blowing weight by a full weight class, Robin van Roosmalen’s promotional debut at Bellator 232 has been cancelled.
There’s missing weight, and then there’s coming in at the next weight class up. Robin van Roosmalen (2-0), a kickboxing champ and GLORY veteran, had been scheduled to return to MMA against Chris Lencioni (5-2) at Bellator 232. The featherweight fight was expected to open the main card, but now, it’s off the card — after van Roosmalen missed weight by nearly ten pounds.
Per a report by MMA Junkie, Mohegan Tribe commission head Mike Mazzulli gave the okay for the fight to go ahead, with Lencioni and Bellator’s approval. However, van Roosmalen had weighed in at 155.25lbs despite featherweight maxing out at 146lbs for non-title fights. Faced with a much larger opponent and little upside, Lencioni declined the fight, and it was subsequently scratched.
Robin van Roosmalen was also notified by the commission that they would note the incident with the Association of Boxing Commissions, who will require him to fight at lightweight moving forward. Mazzulli is a past president of the ABC.
A featherweight and lightweight champion in Glory, van Roosmalen last fought in MMA in 2017. With the fight off the event, Baby Slice — a.k.a. Kevin Ferguson Jr. — has been bumped up to the main card.
Full weigh-in results are below.
Bellator 232: MacDonald vs. Lima Weigh-In Results
Main Card (DAZN, 10PM ET)
Rory MacDonald (c) (169.25) vs. Douglas Lima (169.25) – for welterweight title, welterweight tournament final
Saad Awad (173) vs. Paul Daley (174.75) – 175lb catchweight
Isaiah Chapman (136.25)* vs. Patrick Mix (136)
Manny Muro (160) vs. Nick Newell (159.75) – 160-pound catchweight
Craig Campbell (158) vs. Kevin Ferguson Jr. (160) – 160lb catchweight
Cris Lencioni (145.25) vs. Robin van Roosmalen (155.25)**
Preliminary Card (Cageside Press/Bellator App, 6:45PM ET)
Ryan Hardy Evans (170) vs. Demetrios Plaza (170)
Lance Gibson Jr. (155) vs. Dominic Jones (154.25)
Devin Powell (155.25) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Dan Cormier (125.5) vs. John Lopez (124)
John Douma (135) vs. Jornel Lugo (136)
Zarrukh Adashev (125.5) vs. Tevin Dyce (125.25)
* Chapman missed weight, fined 20% of his purse
** van Roosmalen missed weight, fight cancelled.