- Andrew Plante, ESPNDallas.com
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A day before the Bellator showcases four of the better welterweights in MMA, ESPN Dallas was on scene at the Verizon Theater for the official Bellator 19 fighter weigh-ins, in which all sixteen fighters on the fight card made weight without incident. See weigh-in results below.
Bellator 19 will showcase a rematch between Ben Askren vs. Ryan Thomas, as well the season's other welterweight semifinal fight, Steve Carl vs. Dan Hornbuckle, and a Superfight between featherweight champion Joe Soto and contender Diego Saraiva.
Hornbuckle, a favorite in the tournament to get to the finals, promised to make an impact while in the Lone Star State in his fight against Carl. “We're in Texas,” Hornbuckle said. “and Texas does everything big.”
Although Askren started the public trash talk session a few days ago when he called semifinal opponent Thomas “childish” for his “antics” over the last few weeks, Thomas got the last word in during the weigh-ins. "It's been a long training camp -- two fights against a one-dimensional fighter," Thomas stated. "I'm looking forward to shutting him up."
Bellator 19 will be held at the Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie on Thursday. The event will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net. The first fight is at 5:30 p.m. and the televised card starts at 7 p.m.
Diego Saraiva (145.8 lbs.) versus Joe Soto (145.8 lbs) – at 145 lbs.
Ryan Thomas (170.6 lbs.) versus Ben Askren (170.4 lbs) – at 170 lbs.
Steve Carl (170.6 lbs.) versus Dan Hornbuckle (170 lbs.) – at 170 lbs.
Ty Lee (256.8 lbs.) versus Scott Barrett (262.8 lbs.) – at 265 lbs.
Daniel Pineda (144.8 lbs.) versus Chas Skelly (145.2) – at 145 lbs.
Brandon McDowell (169 lbs.) versus Joe Christopher (170.6) – at 170 lbs.
Jared Lopez (135.2 lbs.) versus Johnny Bedford (135.6 lbs.) – at 135 lbs.
Donyiell Winrow (185 lbs.) versus Josh Smith (185.2 lbs.) – at 185 lbs.
Aaron Wise (136 lbs.) versus Douglas Frey (135.8 lbs.) – at 135 lbs.