The official weigh-in for Bellator 273 took place in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, where the heavyweight title fight between current champion Ryan Bader (28-7 MMA, 6-2 BMMA) and Russia’s Valentin Moldavsky (11-1 MMA, 6-0 BMMA), who holds the interim belt, will take place.
In the co-feature, former UFC and WEC lightweight champ Benson Henderson (28-11 MMA, 5-6 BMMA) takes on Islam Mamedov (20-1-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) in a lightweight bout that both fighters hit their respective marks for Friday.
One preliminary card bout was scrapped by the Arizona Department of Gaming when short-notice replacement Fabricio Franco missed the featherweight limit by 5.2 pounds. After he visibly struggled on the scale, his bout vs. Weber Almeida was quickly called off.
MAIN CARD Bellator 273:
- Champ Ryan Bader (232.2) vs. interim champ Valentin Moldavsky (234.4) – for heavyweight title
- Benson Henderson (155.8) vs. Islam Mamedov (155.6)
- Henry Corrales (145.8) vs. Aiden Lee (145.8)
- Sabah Homasi (170.8) vs. Jaleel Willis (170.2)
PRELIMINARY CARD Bellator 273:
- Enrique Barzola (136) vs. Darrion Caldwell (135.8)
- Saad Awad (156) vs. Chris Gonzalez (155.6)
- Duane Johnson (185.6) vs. Dalton Rosta (184.6)
- Nikita Mikhailov (135.6) vs. Blaine Shutt (134)
- Lucas Brennan (145.4) vs. Benjamin Lugo (146)
- Weber Almeida (145.2) vs. Fabricio Franco (151.2)*
- Sullivan Cauley (205.8) vs. Ben Parrish (205.2)
*Franco missed the featherweight limit by 5.2 pounds. As a result, hish bout vs. Almeida was canceled.