The champ Pitbull was the first fighter to appear at the official weigh-ins for Bellator 263, which takes place Saturday at The Forum in Los Angeles, and he successfully came in under championship weight at 144.5 pounds. A.J. McKee would also successfully make weight later, but not without issue.
On McKee’s first attempt, the undefeated fighter came in at 145.2 pounds, 0.2 pounds over the featherweight limit with no allowance for a title bout. However, he was given an additional 90 minutes to attempt to make the weight and 145 on the dot in his second try.
With that, Saturday’s main event is official. The bout serves not just as a title defense for Pitbull, but the finals of the Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix with the winner taking home the championship and a $1,000,000 prize.
Of the 24 fighters scheduled to weigh in Friday morning, only Justin Barry failed to make it to the scale. Bellator officials announced that Barry did not pass his medicals and that his opponent Daniel Compton would receive his show purse. Compton came in at 189.6 pounds for the scheduled 190-pound catchweight bout.
See the full Bellator 263 weigh-in results below:
Main Card (Showtime, 10 p.m. ET)
Patricio Pitbull (144.5) vs. A.J. McKee (145)*
Preliminary Card (MMA Fighting, 7 p.m. ET)
Justin Barry** vs. Daniel Compton (189.6)
*McKee missed weight on his first attempt, coming in at 145.2 pounds. On his second attempt, he made championship weight at 145 pounds.
**Barry was not medically cleared to fight, and his bout with Compton was cancelled. Compton was compensated his show money for the cancelled fight with Barry, per Bellator PR officials.