The Bellator 36 weigh-ins took place earlier this evening in Shreveport, Louisiana.
In an unexpected turn of events, Sherdog is reporting that lightweight tournament participant Ferrid Kheder suddenly bolted from the premises during the weigh-ins.
According to a source close to the promotion, Kheder checked in at the Bellator 36 weigh-ins on Friday and then left while the undercard competitors were hitting the scales. Sherdog.com confirmed news of alleged Kheder’s departure after MMA Junkie initially reported on the matter.
When it came time for the lightweight tournament competitor to stand and deliver, he was allegedly nowhere to be found. The official announcement during the live stream of the weigh-in was that the fighter was talking with commission officials and would step on the scale after the stream went off the air.
That plan apparently went out the window, as one member of the Bellator staff actually chased after Kheder when it was realized that he had exited the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium. Calls from the promotion to the lightweight’s phone allegedly went unanswered.
Very strange, no one seems to know why he took off. Nevertheless, official word from Bellator is he was unable to make weight and Josh Shockley has replaced him in the tournament.
The weigh-in results:
- Rob McCullough (155.8) vs. Patricky Freire (155.2)
- Toby Imada (155.8) vs. Ferrid Kheder (N/A)
- Carey Vanier (155.2) vs. Lloyd Woodard (155.4)
- Marcin Held (155.2) vs. Mike Chandler (156)
- Javone Duhon (149.4) vs. Booker Arthur (144.6)
- Matt Hunt (150.2) vs. Kevin Aguilar (145) @ 145
- Kalvin Hackney (156.6) vs. Josh Shockley (156)
- Kelly Leo (185.2) vs. Chad Leonhardt (185.6)
Fighters in non-title fights are allowed to weigh in one pound over the weight class limit.
Bellator 36 takes place tomorrow night at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana and will air live on MTV2 at 9:00pm ET/8:00pm CT.