A pair of talented Brazilian grapplers were set to face off at Friday’s Bellator 284 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Former title challenger Neiman Gracie was paired up with Goiti Yamauchi, competing in his third weigh class after kicking off his career at featherweight, and later lightweight.
In the co-main event, heavyweights Valentin Moldavsky and Steve Mowry were set to face off, while elsewhere on the card, former women’s flyweight champ Ilima-Lei Macfarlane looked to snap a two-fight skid against Bruna Ellen.
Austin Vanderford, who came up short against Gegard Mousasi for the middleweight title earlier this year, was also set to return, against short-notice fighter Aaron Jeffery.
Weigh-ins for Bellator 284 go down Thursday, August 11, 2022 — results can be found below.
Three fights came in heavy Thursday in what turned out to be a rough day at the scales, including former women’s flyweight champ Ilima-Lei Macfarlane, and ex-UFC talent Justine Kish.
Bellator 284: Gracie vs. Yamauchi Weigh-In Results
Welterweight: Neiman Gracie (170.4) vs. Goiti Yamauchi (170)
Heavyweight: Valentin Moldavsky (238.2) vs. Steve Mowry (249.8)
Women’s Flyweight: Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (129)* vs. Bruna Ellen (125.6)
Heavyweight: Said Sowma (243.3) vs. Gokhan Saricam (248.2)
Middleweight: Austin Vanderford (184.4) vs. Aaron Jeffery (185)
Bantamweight: Josh Hill (135.8) vs. Marcos Breno (136)
Women’s Flyweight: DeAnna Bennett (125.2) vs. Justine Kish (128.4)**
Light Heavyweight: Sullivan Cauley (205.4) vs. Tyson Jeffries (201.8)
Middleweight: Pat Downey (186) vs. Keyes Nelson (183.6)
Lightweight: Isaiah Hokit (154) vs. Nick Perez (157.4)***
Heavyweight: Mark Currier (260.6) vs. Bailey Schoenfelder (227.8)
Bantamweight: Mitchell McKee (135) vs. Tony Ortega (134.6)
* Former women’s flyweight champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane was 3 pounds over the non-title limit for her fight with Bruna Ellen
** Justine Kish was 2.4 pounds over the non-title limit for her flyweight fight with DeAnna Bennett
*** Nick Perez was 1.4 pounds over the non-title limit for his lightweight fight with Isaiah Hokit