Hale (Pictured; file photo) checked in at 205.2 pounds for his
semifinal showdown with D.J.
Linderman (205) at
Bellator 42 on Saturday at the Lucky Star Casino in Concho,
Okla. The two other semifinalists -- the unbeaten Tim
Carpenter (205) and French import Christian
M’Pumbu (201.4) -- also met their contracted weight
requirements without incident at Friday’s official weigh-in.
Hale last appeared at
Bellator 38 in March, when he submitted Nik Fekete
with a spectacular inverted triangle choke at Harrah’s Tunica Hotel
and Casino in Tunica, Miss. The 25-year-old Koncrete Gym
representative will carry a three-fight winning streak into the
Having spent much of his career inside Arizona promotion Rage in
the Cage, Hale has secured 14 of his 16 career victories by
knockout, technical knockout or submission. In 20 professional
outings, he has been finished only once.
The once-beaten Linderman has rattled off four consecutive wins.
The former heavyweight made his promotional debut at Bellator 38 in
March, as he stopped Raphael
Davis on third-round punches to advance in the 205-pound draw.
Victories against American Top Team’s Mario
Rinaldi, International Fight League alum Devin Cole
and Strikeforce veteran Mike Hayes
anchor Linderman’s resume.
Bellator 42 -- which airs at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on MTV2 -- also
features a 145-pound duel pairing 2009 Sengoku Raiden Championship
featherweight grand prix quarterfinalist Ronnie Mann
(145.6) with Josh Arocho
(147.4) and a bantamweight tilt pitting Jerod Spoon
(135.8) against surging Brazilian prospect Luiz
Alberto Nogueira (133.2).
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Saturday, April 23
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