Mulvane, KS. (July 21, 2016) –The official weigh-ins for “Bellator 159: Caldwell vs. Taimanglo” took place this afternoon at the Kansas Star Casino and all 13 fights will go forth tomorrow, with the main card airing LIVE and FREE on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.
In the main event, undefeated Darrion Caldwell (9-0) will face Joe Taimanglo (22-6-1) in a bout that could determine who fights Eduardo Dantas in the future for his bantamweight crown. In addition, the co-headliner pits hometown hero Dave Rickels (17-4), against the always exciting Melvin Guillard (32-16-2). The main card also features a featherweight contest between Emmanuel Sanchez (13-2) and Daniel “The Weasel” Weichel (36-9) and a women’s flyweight fight featuring the Bellator MMA debut of Bruna Vargas (2-0) against Emily Ducote (2-1).
Doors for “Bellator 159: Caldwell vs. Taimanglo” open at 5:00 pm CST, while preliminary bouts will stream live on Bellator.com and the Bellator Mobile App beginning at 5:45 pm CST.
Very few tickets remain, and are presently available at Ticketmaster.com, KansasStarEventCenter.com or the Kansas Star Arena Box Office.
Main Card: (Live on SPIKE – 9 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. CT)
Bellator MMA Bantamweight Main Event: Darrion Caldwell (136) vs. Joe Taimanglo (138)
Bellator MMA Lightweight Co-Main Event: Dave Rickels (155.8) vs. Melvin Guillard (157.9)
Bellator MMA Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Bruna Vargas (125.1) vs. Emily Ducote (125.3)
Bellator MMA Featherweight Feature Bout: Daniel Weichel (145.2) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez (146)
Preliminary Card: (Bellator.com – 6:45 p.m. ET/5:45 p.m. CT)
Bellator MMA Light Heavyweight Feature Bout: Philipe Lins (204.6) vs. Guilherme Viana (205.1)
Bellator MMA Flyweight Feature Bout: Bruna Ellen (125) vs. Jessica Middleton (125.4)
Bellator MMA Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Gaston Reyno (146) vs. L.J. Hermreck (144.5)
Bellator MMA Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Manny Meraz (170.8) vs. Trey Ogden (166.8)
Bellator MMA Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Chris Harris (184.8) vs. Matt Foster ( )
Bellator MMA Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Marcio Navarro (155.3) vs. Fernando Martinez (155.8)
Bellator MMA Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: Johnny Marigo (134.7) vs. Andy Riley (135.3)
Bellator MMA Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Josh Pfeifer (155.5) vs. Henry Lindsay (155.9)
Bellator MMA Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Chuka Willis (146.8) vs. Brandon Phillips (145.8)
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About Kansas Star Arena:
The Kansas Star Arena, a Boyd Gaming facility, is located just off Exit 33 on the Kansas Turnpike and is adjacent to the Kansas Star Casino. The 42,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Kansas Star Arena is south-central Kansas’ home for big-name national acts such as Journey, Pat Benatar, Championship Rodeo, mixed martial arts events and more. The Arena accommodates up to 6,500 guests for headliner events. In 2014, Midwest Gaming and Travel awarded the Kansas Star more than 25 honors in its annual Reader’s Choice Awards, including “Best Concert Venue” in the state of Kansas. For more information, visit kansasstarcasino.com. Connect with Kansas Star Arena at facebook.com/kansasstararena and http://www.kansasstarcasino.com/entertain/arena. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 22 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and New Jersey. Boyd Gaming and Kansas Star Casino press releases are available at boydgaming.mediaroom.com.