Bellator MMA heads to Hawaii this weekend, returning to the island state for the first time since 2019. Two big back-to-back shows feature a combined three title fights, plus the launch of the promotion’s bantamweight grand prix.
Up first, Bellator 278 on Friday, headlined by a women’s flyweight title fight between Juliana Velasquez and Liz Carmouche. The undefeated Brazilian champ, 12-0 to start her career, has been dominant to date in the promotion — but did have a closer fight than ever before against Denise Kielholtz, in her first title defense last year.
Carmouche, meanwhile, has seemingly been on a collision course with the champ since arriving in Bellator in 2020. The two-time UFC title challenger has looked as dominant as ever, and at 38-years old, no doubt knows that this could be her last chance to claim gold in a major promotion.
Weigh-ins for Bellator 278 take place Thursday in Honolulu — check below for results.
Bellator 278: Velasquez vs. Carmouche Weigh-In Results
Women’s Flyweight: Juliana Velasquez (c) (124.8) vs. Liz Carmouche (125) – for the Bellator MMA women’s flyweight championship
Bantamweight: Nikita Mikhailov (139.4) vs. Enrique Barzola (139.6) – Bellator bantamweight grand prix wild card fight
Bantamweight: Jornel Lugo (135.8) vs. Danny Sabatello (134.6) – Bellator bantamweight grand prix wild card fight
Light Heavyweight: Christian Edwards (204.4) vs. Grant Neal (204.2)
Catchweight (160lb): Nate Andrews (159.2) vs. Manny Muro (160)
Featherweight: Weber Almeida (145.2) vs. Fabricio Franco (145.6)
Bantamweight: Cee Jay Hamilton vs. Érik Pérez – Cancelled, Perez out
Welterweight: Dante Schiro (170.6) vs. Scotty Hao (170)
Welterweight: Makoa Cooper (169) vs. Blake Perry (169.8)