Two middleweights will move one step closer to an opportunity at dethroning dominant Bellator champion Hector Lombard, not to mention $100,000, with the semifinal round of the Bellator Season 5 Middleweight Tournament set for tomorrow night in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Scheduled for action, albeit against other opponents, former finalists Alexander Shlemenko and Bryan Baker will look to set up a rematch of their Season 2 scrap against Brian Rogers and Vitor Vianna respectively. Also taking to the ring at Bellator 54, bantamweight belt-wearer Zach Makovsky will see action in a non-title bout against striker Ryan Roberts and undefeated Brazilian Rene Nazare will face off against submission-specialist Jacob Kirwan.
The event also marks the Bellator debut of Andria Caplan, wife of Five Ounces of Pain‘s widely-respected former owner Sam Caplan.
Before the fighters can get to business in the cage on MTV2/EPIX they first have to make weight on the stage. Things kick off this afternoon at 5:00 PM EST and 5 OZ will be here, as always, to relay results back to readers.
A full list of weights can be found below:
Brian Kelleher (139.2 lbs) vs. Claudio Ledesma (136 lbs)
Andria Caplan (146 lbs) vs. Adrienne Seiber (144 lbs)
Lewis Rumsey (187.2 lbs) vs. Joey Kirwan (186 lbs)
Tim Carpenter (205 lbs) vs. Ryan Contaldi (206 lbs)
Duane Bastress (184.5 lbs) vs. Daniel Gracie (185.5 lbs)
Jacob Kirwan (155 lbs) vs. Rene Nazare (156.2 lbs)
Zach Makovsky (135 lbs) vs. Ryan Roberts (136.5 lbs)
Bryan Baker (183 lbs) vs. Vitor Vianna (185.2 lbs)
Alexander Shlemenko (185.5 lbs) vs. Brian Rogers (185.5 lbs)
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