Verona, N.Y. – Bellator 182 this weekend is promising to be a great Mixed Martial Arts event. The fighters participating in the fight card weighed in Thursday at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, N.Y. As I walked to the official weigh in the tension was palpable as fighters had their game faces on wanting fight night to inch closer. This is a very deep card with 18 bouts total and with four bouts on the televised main card.
Below are the official weights heading into Friday's August 25th event.
Andrey Koreshkov (171.0 pounds) versus Chidi Njokuani (175.0 pounds)
Brennan Ward (178.0 pounds) versus Fernando Gonzalez (180.0 pounds)
A.J. McKee (146.0 pounds) versus Blair Tugman (146.0 pounds)
Bruna Ellen (125.25 pounds) versus Veta Arteaga (125.25 pounds)
Georgi Karakhanyan (146.0 pounds) versus Daniel Pineda (146.0 pounds)
Noad Lahat (146.0 pounds) versus Henry Corrales (145.0 pounds)
Chris Honeycutt (185.5 pounds) versus Kevin Casey (186.0 pounds)
Ricky Rainey (170.5 pounds) versus Marc Stevens (175.5 pounds)
Matt Secor (174 pounds) versus TJ Sumler (176.5 pounds)
Phillipe Lins (205 pounds) versus Vadim Nemkov (204 pounds)
Sinead Kavanagh (145 pounds) versus Arlene Blencowe (145.75 pounds)
Talita Nogueira (145 pounds) versus Amanda Bell (145 pounds)
Colleen Schneider (123.75 pounds) versus Kate Jackson (125.5 pounds)
Tom Regal (170 pounds) versus Kastroit Xhema (169.5 pounds)
Brandon Polcare (137 pounds) versus Alex Potts (139.0 pounds)
Joey Davis (172.0 pounds) versus Justin Roswell (175 pounds)
Josh Ricci (130 pounds) versus Brandon Warne (129 pounds)
Kristi Lopez (126 pounds) versus Jessica Sotack (126 pounds)
Must Watch Fights
Brennan Ward versus Fernando Gonzalez
|Brennan Ward on the scale|
"Irish" Brennan Ward is the epitome of an exciting action fighter. He likes to engage in striking contests with his opponents and has the philosophy of putting on a show for the audience. His style of fighting has brought him many victories as he has a KO/TKO percentage of 64. However, in his most recent fight he was knocked out by Paul Daley via a vicious flying knee, which shows that his overly aggressive style can open him to dangerous strikes.
|Fernando Gonzalez on the scale|
|Ward and Gonzalez face off|
Both fighters have a lot to prove, expect an interesting and intense fight on Saturday.
A.J. McKee versus Blair Tugman
|A.J. McKee on the scale|
|Blair Tugman on the scale|
|McKee and Tugman face off|
A.J. McKee is being promoted as the next big thing and so far he has delivered, how will he fair against the tough and rugged Tugman?
Joey Davis Vs Justin Roswell
|Joey Davis on the scale|
|Justin Roswell on the scale|
|Roswell and Davis face off|
Chidi Njokuani vs Andrey Koreshkov
|Chidi Njokuani on the scale|
|Andrey Koreshkov on the scale|
|Njokuani and Koreshkov face off|
This fight is the main event and rightfully so. Both fighters are very talented and are elite athletes. Njokuani seems unstoppable while Koreshkov has redemption on his mind. Expect a fight of the year candidate in this fight.
The main card of Bellator 182 will begin at 9 P.M. EST on Spike. You can watch the preliminary bouts on Bellator.com starting at 6:30P.M. EST.