Things went zero to 60 at the #Bellator263 presser
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Weigh-ins were not just a formality ahead of Bellator MMA's tentpole event this weekend.
Bellator MMA returns to Saturday night for one of the promotion's biggest cards of the year, one topped by a heavily anticipated featherweight title fight between Patricio Freire and A.J. McKee. Both men in the Bellator 263 main event did make weight, but McKee had to hit the scales twice after initially coming in .2 pounds above the championship limit. Every other competitor on the card made weight, but one bout was pulled off after Justin Barry did not pass his medicals. Daniel Compton weighed 189.6 pounds for their 190-pound catchweight contest, and he will receive his show money as a result.
Freire (32-4), who holds the promotion's featherweight and lightweight titles, is on an impressive seven-fight win streak. The Brazilian won the first round of the Bellator featherweight world grand prix by defeating Juan Archuleta by decision, and has since dominated his opponents moving along the bracket, knocking out Pedro Carvalho and submitting Emmanuel Sanchez both in under four minutes. "Pitbull" officially stepped on the scale weighing 144.5 pounds.
McKee (17-0) went from a hopeful featherweight prospect to bonafide contender in his tournament run. Keeping his undefeated record intact by knocking out Georgi Karakhanyan in the first round, McKee went on to submit both Derek Campos and Darrion Caldwell to reach the finals. The undefeated son of Antonio McKee will look to win his first belt against Freire. "Mercenary" officially weighed 145 pounds for the title bout.
Bellator 263 will air live on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Prelims will air live on YouTube starting at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.
Bellator 263 Weigh-in Results:Patricio Freire (144.5) vs. A.J. McKee (145)
Mads Burnell (145.5) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez (145.3)
Luis Muro (156) vs. Usman Nurmagomedov (155.3)
Islam Mamedov (154.9) vs. Brent Primus (155.2)
Christopher Gonzalez (155) vs. Goiti Yamauchi (155.5)
Ilara Joanne (125.2) vs. Vanessa Porto (125.6)
Daniel Carey (149.1) vs. Gadzhi Rabadanov (149)
Khasan Magomedsharipov (144.6) vs. Jonathan Quiroz (146.1)
Johnny Cisneros (179.2) vs. Joshua Jones (179.6)
Kiefer Crosbie (155.9) vs. Georgi Karakhanyan (155.6)
Brian Moore (135.8) vs. Jordan Winski (135.6)