One Fight Scratched, Two Fighters Heavy for Bellator 259

Cris Cyborg Bellator 249 weigh-in
Cris Cyborg, Bellator 249 weigh-in Credit: Bellator MMA

The Bellator 259 weigh-in on Thursday did not go off without a hitch.

Two fighters missed weight for the card on Friday, including Leandro Higo, who missed the bantamweight limit for the second straight occasion. Additionally, one fight, featuring Jackson-Wink MMA prospect Christian Edwards, was scratched when the fighter did not receive medical clearance to compete.

As a result of that cancellation, the flyweight bout between Valerie Loureda and Hannah Guy has been bumped up to the main card.

On the plus side, the main event title fight between Cris Cyborg and Leslie Smith is a go, with both fighters successfully making weight.

The Bellator 259 main card airs live on Showtime this Friday starting at 9PM, following online prelims right here on Cageside Press. Full weigh-in results can be found below.

Bellator 259: Cyborg vs. Smith Weigh-In Results:

Main Card (Showtime, 9PM ET)

Cris Cyborg (144.6) vs. Leslie Smith (143.6)
Darrion Caldwell (135.6) vs. Leandro Higo (137.5)*
Jaleel Willis (170.3) vs. Maycon Mendonca (170.9)
Austin Vanderford (185.3) vs. Fabian Edwards (185.5)
Valerie Loureda (125.8) vs. Hannah Guy (125.2)

Preliminary Card (Cageside Press, 5:30PM ET)

Saad Awad (155.1) vs. Nate Andrews (155.7)
Grant Neal (204.4) vs. Tyree Fortune (205.3)
Sumiko Inaba (125.5) vs. Kristina Katsikis (125.8)
Aviv Gozali (155.7) vs. Sean Felton (154.3)
Davion Franklin (264.8) vs. Tyler King (246.3)
Janay Harding (145.1) vs. Leah McCourt (149.4)**
Brett Johns (135.4) vs. Danny Sabatello (135.6)
Alfie Davis (155.1) vs. Alexander Shabliy (154.8)

* Leandro Higo missed the bantamweight limit for his bout against Darrion Caldwell by 1.5lbs. Higo is set to forfeit 20% of his purse to his opponent. Bout will proceed as a catchweight.

** Leah McCourt missed the featherweight limit for her bout against Janay Harding by 3.4lbs. McCourt is set to forfeit 30 percent of her purse to her opponent. Bout will proceed at a catchweight.


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