Joe Warren, meanwhile, weighed in without issue, tipping the scales at 134.6 pounds ahead of Friday’s main event, which takes place at Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., and airs live on Spike TV. While the fight will remain five rounds, only Warren is eligible to go home with the belt.
Warren was originally scheduled to lock horns with reigning champion Eduardo Dantas in the evening’s main event, but “Dudu” was forced to withdraw from the bout recently due to a head injury sustained in training. In his place steps Silva, who was supposed to challenge Dantas last month at Bellator 111 before a knee injury placed him on the sideline.
The Bellator 118 main card will also see Andrey Koreshkov (171) lock horns with Justin Baesman (170.6), who replaces Sam Oropeza in the Season 10 welterweight tournament semifinals after Oropeza failed to make weight for the third time in his last four outings. Additionally, onetime bantamweight title challenger Marcos Galvao (136.8) returns to action against undefeated prospect Thomas Vasquez (134.6) in a 137-pound catch-weight affair. Just prior, unbeaten light heavyweights Liam McGeary (204) and Mike Mucitelli (205) will square off in the opening round of the 2014 Summer Series tourney.
The evening’s undercard will be streamed live on Spike.com, highlighted by a featherweight showdown between NCAA Division I wrestling champion Darrion Caldwell (145.8) and Joe Pingitore (145.9).
Bellator 118 Weigh-In Results:
Rafael Silva (*136.9) vs. Joe Warren (134.6)
Andrey Koreshkov (171) vs. Justin Baesman (170.6)
Marcos Galvao (136.8) vs. Thomas Vasquez (134.6)
Liam McGeary (204) vs. Mike Mucitelli (205)
Eugene Fadiora (184.9) vs. Timothy Woods (186)
Jesus Martinez (185.6) vs. Ryan Contaldi (**186.7)
Joe Pingitore (145.9) vs. Darrion Caldwell (145.8)
Gemiyale Adkins (**172.4) vs. Dante Rivera (170.9)
Jay Haas (144.4) vs. Lester Caslow (145.5)
Mike Bannon (155.9) vs. Sidney Outlaw (155.7)
Amran Aliyev (146) vs. Kevin Roddy (145.5)
*Silva failed to make weight is ineligible for the interim bantamweight title.
**Adkins and Contaldi's bouts will be contested at a catch-weight.