Chandler vs Henderson 2 Live: We want your predictions for Friday’s Bellator 243 event in Uncasville, Conn. Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMA Junkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Wednesday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).
GAME: Bellator 243: Chandler vs. Henderson 2
When: 7 Aug, 8:30am E.T
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That MMA Junkie reader consensus picks will be part of the Bellator 243 event staff predictions we release Thursday ahead of the event. Bellator 243 takes place Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card airs on Paramount following prelims on MMA Junkie.
Ahead of her third professional fight on Friday night, Valerie Loureda wants to set the record straight. Laura is set to take on Tara Graff at Bellator 243, which takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
The 22-year-old is very active on social media which has sparked a lot of debate among both fans and fellow women’s competitors in terms of how Loureda markets herself. Whether she’s wearing a bikini, or dancing in a video, the American Top Team flyweight is only doing it for one person: herself.
“I don’t do anything for social media,” Loureda told reporters at the Bellator 243 virtual media day. “I do things for myself. For example, I am an extreme girly-girl outside of the cage. So the way that I market myself, it’s not for social media and it’s not for men. This is the way that I look. I’ve worked my whole life to have this body, to have this figure—I was a ballerina, I’ve been a martial artist.
“I think that’s where people mistake. It’s not for social media. I am the way that I look like, but I’m also a fighter. What does one thing have to do with the other? Just because I look different than other martial artists doesn’t make me any different. It’s my identity, this is why Valerie Loureda is different.”
One fighter that has taken exception to Loureda’s marketing strategy is UFC bantamweight Macy Chiasson, as seen in a quote tweet from May reacting to a video where Loureda was dancing following a training session.
Michael Chandler and Benson Henderson hit their marks on the scale Thursday ahead of their Bellator 243 clash.
Chandler (20-5 MMA, 17-5 BMMA) was 155.9 pounds midway through the weigh-ins window. In the final minutes, Henderson (28-8 MMA, 5-3 BMMA) made 155.6 after an extensive towel wipe-down.
One undercard fighter, Mike Hamel, who took his 150-pound catchweight fight vs. Adam Borics on short notice, missed weight by 3.6 pounds. Hamel vs. Borics still will happen Friday, according to Mohegan Sun commission head Mike Mazzulli. The fine for Hamel will be determined by Bellator and has not been officially announced.
The weigh-ins took place at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. The Mohegan Sun Arena venue hosts Friday’s event, which has a main card on Paramount and DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie.
The full Bellator 243 weigh-in results included:
MAIN CARD (Paramount, 10 p.m. ET)
- Michael Chandler (155.9) vs. Benson Henderson (155.6)
- Timothy Johnson (263.2) vs. Matt Mitrione (262.6)
- Myles Jury (155.5) vs. Georgi Karakhanyan (155.5)
- Sabah Homasi (175) vs. Curtis Millender (174)
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMA Junkie, 7:15 p.m. ET)
- Adam Borics (150.2) vs. Mike Hamel (154.6)*
- A.J. Agazarm (145.3) vs. Cris Lencioni (145.8)
- Charlie Campbell (155.8) vs. Nainoa Dung (155.1)
- Mark Gardner (184.8) vs. Dalton Rosta (185.7)
- Grant Neal (204.7) vs. Hamza Salim (205.1)
- Tara Graff (125) vs. Valerie Loureda (125.3)