The weigh-ins and pre-fight press conference for Bellator 125 will take place Thursday at 5 p.m. for Friday’s matchup at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA. Kickboxing superstar Melvin Manhoef will face Doug Marshall in the middleweight main event of the evening. Rafael Carvalho and Brian Rogers will touch gloves in the main card middleweight feature fight of the evening in the quest for a shot at Alexander Shlemenko’s title.
Marshall vs. Manhoef
Doug Marshall (18-7) touches gloves with Melvin Manhoef (28-11-1) for the main event for what is sure to be an intense striking match. Doug Marshall is a WEC veteran, moving down from his days at heavyweight to middleweight with great success in 4 of his last 5 fights. He is a knockout expert and particularly when it comes to first round knockouts of his opponents. Marshall has all the motivation in the world to earn a big win over Manhoef to get a grudge match against Alexander Shlemenko for the title. However, Manhoef is no stranger when it comes to first round knockout victories. He’s racked up an astounding 26 knockouts in MMA. Manhoef has a wealth of experience in numerous organizations such as Dream, Strikeforce, OneFC and K-1 to bring to the table. Nobody knows for certain who will walk away the better middleweight, but it won’t be due to a judges’ decision.
Rafael Carvalho vs. Brian Rogers
Rafael Carvalho (9-1) replaced both James Irvin and Brett Cooper due to training injuries to face Brian Rogers (11-6). Carvalho will be making his Bellator debut against Rogers coming in with a 9 fight winning streak. He has taken 8 of his wins by KO, and will be pinning his best striking efforts against another knockout wizard, Brian Rogers. Rogers is a Bellator veteran, facing the latest and greatest middleweights that the organization has to offer. He has great skill for KO’s, but not as much luck when it comes to a convincing the judges on a decision. Don’t blink on this fight, because you might just miss another one of his signature flying knee victories.
Here is the full lineup to weigh in from Fresno, CA at Thursday at 5 p.m. PST from the Fresno Hotel & Conference Center.
Middleweight Feature Fight: Doug Marshall (18-7) vs. Melvin Manhoef (28-11-1)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Rafael Carvalho (9-1) vs. Brian Rogers (11-6)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Martin Stapleton (13-3) vs. Goiti Yamauchi (17-2)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Javy Ayala (7-3) vs. Raphael Butler (8-0-1)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Ron Keslar (11-6) vs. Jesse Juarez (21-9)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Aaron Wilkinson (11-6) vs. Chris Honeycutt (4-0)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Julio Cesar Neves (29-0) vs. Poppies Martinez (29-10)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Granson Clark (2-1) vs. George Zuniga (2-0)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Jonny Bonilla-Bowman (2-0) vs. Art Becerra (4-4)
Flyweight Feature Fight: Oscar Ramirez (3-1) vs. Matt Ramirez (debut)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Joe Neal (3-0) vs. Paul Ruiz (5-1)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Nate James (13-8) vs. Anthony Ruiz (33-18)