Bellator 284: Ex-Champion Misses Weight
At the Bellator 284 official weigh-in on Thursday night, the Macfarlane weighed in at 129 pounds, three pounds over the limit for her upcoming Friday fight with Bruna Ellen. The fight will be at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This is the first time that Macfarlane has missed weight in her career.
The main card bout will be a catchweight bout. Macfarlane has forfeited a percentage of her purse as penalty, officials told MMA Fighting’s Steven Marrocco in a statement:
“Fighters that missed weight will all have to pay a standard percentage that’s undisclosed to the fighter that made weight.”
Bellator 284’s welterweight headliners Neiman Gracie and Goiti Yamauchi both had made weight. Gracie’s weight was 170.4 pounds and Yamauchi weighed 170.
Macfarlane’s past opponent Justine Kish was another fighter who missed her weight during weigh-ins. She weighed 128.4 pounds which ended up being 2.4 pounds too heavy. Kish’s bout with DeAnna Bennett will be at a catchweight due to Kish forfeiting an undisclosed percentage of her purse.
Another fighter also missed their weight, lightweight Nick Perez (157.4). His bout with Isaiah Hokit has officially been cancelled.
See the Bellator 284 official weigh-in results below:
- Neiman Gracie (170.4) vs. Goiti Yamauchi (170)
- Valentin Moldavsky (238.2) vs. Steve Mowry (249.8)
- Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (129)* vs. Bruna Ellen (125.6)
- Said Sowma (243.3) vs. Gokhan Saricam (248.2)
- Austin Vanderford (184.4) vs. Aaron Jeffery (185)
- Josh Hill (135.8) vs. Marcos Breno (136)
- Deanna Bennett (125.2) vs. Justine Kish (128.4)**
- Sullivan Cauley (205.4) vs. Tyson Jeffries (201.8)
- Pat Downey (186) vs. Keyes Nelson (183.6)
- Isaiah Hokit (154) vs. Nick Perez (157.4)*** — cancelled
- Bailey Schoenfelder (227.8) vs. Mark Currier (260.6)
- Mitchell McKee (135) vs. Tony Ortega (134.6)
- Brett Bye (173.8) vs. M,A,Yah II (174.4) — 175-pound catchweight bout
*Macfarlane missed weight. Her bout with Bruna Ellen will proceed at a catchweight with Macfarlane forfeiting an undisclosed percentage of her purse as penalty
**Kish missed weight. Her bout with Deanna Bennett will proceed at a catchweight with Kish forfeiting an undisclosed percentage of her purse as penalty