Bellator president says Hawaii events will be worth the effort, intends to come back annually

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After a decade of anticipation, a major mixed martial arts promotion will shine the spotlight on the Aloha State.

In less than 24 hours, the first of two Bellator events will be held at the Neal Blaisdell Center.

Thursday afternoon in Waikiki, the main event of Bellator 212 was given the green light as both lightweight champion Brent Primus and challenger Michael Chandler made championship weight for Friday’s Salute the Troops card which will be put on for military personnel with a nationally televised audience on the Paramount Network.

On Saturday, Bellator 213 will feature Honolulu’s own Ilima-Lei Macfarlane defending her flyweight title against Valarie Letourneau.

Ahead of the big weekend, Bellator president Scott Coker explained why despite the added costs and logistical headaches that come with bringing an event to Hawaii, it will be well worth the trip for the company and more visits are expected.

“There was some consideration, some extra costs to come here but we felt that it was well worth it and it’s something that we will continue,” said Coker. “This is an event that we would like to do maybe once a year. Come out here and scout the talent and bring all of our top fighters here to the islands and get it on.” 

“I’m looking forward to seeing all the local talent. This has been an area that I think for many years, even before SuperBrawl and Rumble on The Rock. The one thing about Hawaii is they bring it, the fighters here bring it. So expect some great fights on the undercard and we will be watching and we think that there’s going to be some great talent,” he continued. 

Bellator 212 gets started at 3 p.m. on Friday at the Neal Blaisdell Center. Ticket vouchers were offered to military personnel and family members. The event will be televised on tape delay on the Paramount Network.

Bellator 213 will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and as of Thursday morning, less than 200 tickets remained for the event. Live streaming will be available for the card via subscription with DAZN. 

Bellator 212 Weigh In Results:

Main Card (Paramount/DAZN, 5 PM HST)

Brent Primus (154.9) vs. Michael Chandler (153.9)

Frank Mir (250.4) vs. Javy Ayala (263.4)

A.J. McKee (146) vs. Daniel Crawford (146)

Derek Campos (144.2) vs. Sam Sicilia (145.5)

Alejandra Lara (125.1) vs. Juliana Velasquez (124.6)

Preliminary Card (Online, 3 PM HST)

Tywan Claxton (149.7) vs. Kaeo Meyer (150) (150-pound catchweight)

Robson Gracie (170.2) vs. Brysen Bolohao (171)

Brandon Pieper (156) vs. Chris Avila (154)

Toby Misech (145.9) vs. Edward Thommes (144.7)

Chris Lopes vs. Nick Badis (145.2)

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