Jared Downing was already in Council Bluffs, Iowa on Wednesday night with his team preparing for weigh-ins for Bellator 117 when he got the call.
Downing’s girlfriend, Heather Hughes, had gone into labor and was preparing to deliver twins.
That meant former World Series of Fighting champion Steve Carl, Downing and crew were headed back across Iowa to Cedar Rapids.
“Maddox 6.11 (pounds), Jaxxon 6.2!!!!” Downing posted on Facebook. “Happiest day of my life!!! No other words to say about it.”
Downing will face Trey Brown on the prelims Friday night, and FightLine will have complete on-site coverage of all the action from the Mid-American Center. The card will feature a main event between Douglas Lima and Rick Hawn to crown a new Bellator welterweight champion.
Carl posted that this was all “the fighter life, just go with it and enjoy the ride.” Adding that he would have to “load (Downing) back up and be on the road (before) noon so he can make weigh-ins.”