(Warren vs. Curran promo, via BellatorMMA)
Bellator’s sixth season kicks off tonight at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, featuring the featherweight championship bout between Joe Warren and Pat Curran, and the season 6 featherweight tournament quarterfinals — you can catch the action on MTV2 starting at 8 p.m./7 p.m. Central. But the season has already gotten off to a shaky start, as yesterday’s weigh-ins resulted in one embarrassing scale-failure, and a crime-related no-show.
Tournament participant Genair da Silva crushed the scales at 149 pounds for his bout against Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra. Silva was given two hours to cut down to the 146-pound limit, but was unable to make it happen, and Bellator replaced him on the spot with season 4 featherweight tournament semi-finalist Kenny Foster, who was slated to meet Bobby Reardanz on tonight’s preliminary card.
Sean McCorkle and Josh Shockley also initially missed weight, but nailed it on their second attempts; keep in mind that McCorkle will be fighting in the talent-rich 280-pound catchweight division.
But at least all those guys showed up, unlike some people we know. As CageWriter reports:
“Eric Oria was supposed to show up at Bellator’s weigh-ins on Thursday to officially weigh in for his first professional fight in Hammond, Ind. Instead, the Indiana State Police showed, looking to take Oria into custody.
The Northwest Indiana Times reported Oria missed Thursday’s weigh-ins. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said Oria was scratched from the card before weigh-ins because of “physical problems.”
Oria had an outstanding warrant on a charge of criminal recklessness. He was scheduled to fight Lance Surma on the show’s undercard. After two amateur fights in Hammond, he was set to make his pro debut in the same town as his other fights.”
Hey, it could be worse. It could always be much, much worse. Full Bellator 60 weigh-in results are below…
MAIN CARD (MTV2)
Joe Warren (145) vs. Pat Curran (144.8) — for FW title
Marlon Sandro (145.6) vs. Roberto Vargas (145.4)
Mike Corey (145.4) vs. Ronnie Mann (145.6)
Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra (145.4) vs. Kenny Foster (145.6)
Jeremy Spoon (145.6) vs. Daniel Straus (144.8)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com)
Cory Galloway (136) vs. Jake Nauracy (135.2)
Anthony Gomez (213.8) vs. Travis Wiuff (214.8) — 215-pound catchweight fight
Sean McCorkle (281)# vs. Richard White (277.6) — 280-pound catchweight fight
Shamar Bailey (164.6) vs. Josh Shockley (165.8) — 166-pound catchweight fight