DeAnna Bennett picked the worst attainable time to overlook weight.
The would-be flyweight title challenger got here in 1.2 kilos over the restrict for her Bellator 294 headlining bout towards champion Liz Carmouche. Bellator officers introduced Carmouche continues to be placing her title on the road, with the belt turning into vacant ought to she lose on Friday night time.
⚖️ @DeAnnaDBennett weighed on this morning at 126.2-pounds and formally missed weight for her bout towards @iamgirlrilla for the Bellator Flyweight World Championship.
Carmouche has chosen to maintain her title on the road within the bout tomorrow, that means that if she had been to lose the… pic.twitter.com/gkzZyNldvI
— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) April 20, 2023
That is the second time that Carmouche and Bennett have confronted each other and the second time that Bennett has missed weight for this matchup. The 2 beforehand fought at Bellator 246 in September 2020, with Bennett lacking weight for that non-title struggle by 5.7 kilos. Carmouche defeated Bennett by third-round submission.
Bennett appeared twice through the official weigh-in window, first registering at 127.2 kilos after which 127 on a second try afterward. She was given till 10 a.m. Honolulu time to make a 3rd try previous to the beginning of the ceremonial weigh-ins, however was as soon as once more over at 126.2 kilos.
Bennett can even give up 30 p.c of her purse as penalty for failing to make weight.
Watch video of the ceremonial weigh-ins above.
Traditionally, Bennett has struggled with the size, having logged a number of weight misses throughout Bellator and Invicta FC competing at flyweight and strawweight.
Bennett’s miss wasn’t even essentially the most egregious of the day as Cris Lencioni weighed in at 152.4 kilos for a featherweight bout, 6.4 kilos over the restrict (together with the one-pound allowance for non-title fights). Lencioni’s opponent Blake Smith additionally got here in barely heavy at 146.4 kilos.
See Bellator 294 official weigh-in outcomes under:
Important Card (10 p.m. ET on Showtime)
Liz Carmouche (125) vs. DeAnna Bennett (126.2)*
Tim Johnson (262) vs. Said Sowma (239.2)
Arlene Blencowe (146) vs. Sara McMann (145.6)
Danny Sabatello (135.6) vs. Marcos Breno (136)
Levan Chokheli (169.6) vs. Michael Lombardo (170.8)
Preliminary Card (7 p.m. ET on MMA Preventing)
Killys Mota (156) vs. Ken Cross (155.2)
Tyrell Fortune (259.6) vs. Sergey Bilostenniy (240)
Cris Lencioni (152.4)** vs. Blake Smith (146.4)**
Anthony Adams (185.6) vs. Sharaf Davlatmurodov (185.4)
*Bennett missed weight for her flyweight title struggle with Liz Carmouche. The bout will proceed as a catchweight with solely Carmouche eligible to go away the cage together with her belt. Ought to Carmouche lose, the title shall be vacated