Bellator 237, more commonly referred to as Bellator Japan, goes down tonight live from the world-famous Saitama Super Arena in Japan. But before the show takes place, the weigh-in concluded a few hours ago. And we’ve got you covered with full coverage and results, including the heavily under-covered postlim portion of the show.
The will be the promotion’s first show in Japan, and they’re bringing out all the big guns.
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- Main event: Adesanya vs. Costa 🏆
- Co-main event: Reyes vs. Blachowicz 🏆
In the main event, a battle of mixed martial arts royalty as former longtime PRIDE heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko takes on former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at heavyweight. In the co-main event, former longtime Bellator lightweight title-holder Michael Chandler returns against a short-notice replacement in the form of Dana Whites Tuesday Night Contender Series veteran Sidney Outlaw.
Rounding out this main card action will be a grit-and-grind Japanese wrestling veteran in Shinsho Anzai taking on Bellator superstar Michael “Venom” Page, as well as three Bellator vs. RIZIN series match-ups. Former Bellator title-challenger Lorenz Larkin takes on RIZIN’s best welterweight in Keita “K-Taro” Nakamura, Bellator women’s flyweight prospect Ilara Joanne faces an unbeaten RIZIN worldbeater in Kana Watanabe, and RIZIN’s American star Daron Cruickshank faces Bellator’s young, talented Brazilian fighter Goiti Yamauchi.
Two Bellator representatives – Lorenz Larkin and Goiti Yamauchi – missed weight and forfeit 20% of their purse.
Following this main card will be an eight-fight postlim line-up that will be contestes under full RIZIN rules, featuring almost exclusively RIZIN fighters. This includes Jon Tuck, Andy Nguyen, Ai Shimizu, Yusaku Nakamura, Kanna Asakura, Haruo Ochi, Jarred Brooks, Yusuke Yachi, and even K-1 star Ren Hiramoto. Sadly, as of writing there has been no official world on when or where these fights will be viewable for fans outside of Japan. If you reside in Japan, you’re in luck, as thos RIZIN bouts will air on GYAO! and SkyPerfecTV!. The main card will be watchable on DAZN and Paramount Network.
Check out the weigh-ins for yourself here, or view the full results below.
Fedor Emelianenko (240.5) vs. Quinton Jackson (265)
Catchweight bout: [160-pounds] Michael Chandler (160.7) vs. Sidney Outlaw (160.9)
Catchweight bout: [173-pounds] Michael Page (172) vs. Shinsho Anzai (172.9)
Welterweight bout: [Bellator vs. RIZIN] Lorenz Larkins (173.5)* vs. Keita Nakamura (170.2)
Women’s Flyweight bout: [Bellator vs. RIZIN] Ilara Joanne (125.9) vs. Kana Watanabe (124.8)
Lightweight bout: [Bellator vs. RIZIN] Daron Cruickshank (155.1) vs. Goiti Yamauchi (157.8)*
Yusuke Yachi (156.2) vs. Hiroto Uesako (156.4)
Kanna Asakura (107.3) vs. Jayme Hinshaw (106.8)
Haruo Ochi (116.2) vs. Jarred Brooks (116.2)
Ren Hiramoto (149.8) vs. Takahiro Ashida (149.9) – Kickboxing
Yusaku Nakamura (127.4) vs. Makoto Shinryu (127.6)
Andy Nguyen (108) vs. Ai Shimizu (108)
Ryuichiro Sumimura (169.8) vs. Jon Tuck (168.4)
Shoma Shibisai (240) s. Sergey Shemetov (226.7)