Press Release courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships
One day before Bellator Fighting Championships’ much-anticipated show at the Chicago Theatre, the historic venue played host to the official weigh-in for the event.
Bellator 14 will be broadcast live in prime time nationwide on Thursday on FOX Sports Net and during special Bellator highlight shows on Saturday night on NBC, Telemundo and mun2.
The card’s Main Event is a match-up between former NCAA wrestling champion and 2008 U.S. Olympian Ben Askren and former UFC standout Ryan “The Tank Engine” Thomas, who used Wednesday night’s weigh-in as an opportunity to set the stage for the fight.
“Ben is a great wrestler, but this isn’t a wrestling match,” Thomas said during the press conference portion of the event. “So we’re gonna find out if he’s a real fighter or if he should just stick to wrestling.”
Without missing a beat, Askren shot back confidently that “the last person who talked about my wrestling got put to sleep.”
The official results of the weigh-in are as follows:
-Ben Askren (170.5) vs. Ryan Thomas (170.5)
-Shad Lierley (144.5) vs. Wilson Reis (145.5)
-Mike Ricci (155.5) vs. Pat Curran (155.5)
-James Krause (155.5) vs. Toby Imada (155.5)
Local Feature Fight Card:
-Jeff Curran (141) vs. Bryan Goldsby (141) – at 140 lbs. catchweight
-Felice Herrig (117) vs. Jessica Rakoczy (121) – at 120 lbs. catchweight
-Daniel Straus (154) vs. Jonatas Novaes (156)
-Louis Taylor (185.5) vs. Ryan Sturdy (188.5)*
(*Sturdy has 90 minutes to make weight.)