But some late changes came to the card, which is set to take place at the Mountaineer Casino in Chester, West Virginia. Rich Hale (19-4-1, 4-1 BFC) was slated to take place in the light heavyweight tournament, but he became ill and was forced to pull out of the tournament. Hale’s replacement is Tim Carpenter (8-1, 3-1 BFC), who will step in to take on Beau Tribolet (7-1, 0-0 BFC) in a tournament quarterfinal. With the change, Carpenter’s original opponent John Hawk (7-4, 2-1 BFC) was left without an opponent for the event.
Lightweight E.J. Brooks (7-0, 4-0 BFC) also reportedly wasn’t on weight and his bout against Joey Holt (3-0, 1-0 BFC) was removed from the card.
Other local fighters were on weight, however. Dan Spohn (6-2, 1-2 BFC) will defend the NAAFS light heavyweight title in a rematch against Josh Stansbury (3-2, 0-0 BFC), Jason Butcher (3-0, 0-0 BFC) will take on Duane Bastress (5-1, 2-0 BFC), and Chris Goldbaugh (3-1, 0-0 BFC) takes on Kevin Zalac (3-2, 0-0 BFC) on short notice.
GatewayMMA.com will be live on the scene at Bellator 71 with full coverage, results, and reactions from the event.
Full weigh-in results for Bellator 71:
MAIN CARD (MTV2):
Chris Davis (204.6) vs. Travis Wiuff (206)*
Zelg Galesic (205) vs. Attila Vegh (204.6)*
Roy Boughton (205.6) vs. Emanuel Newton (204.6)*
Tim Carpenter (204.2) vs. Beau Tribolet (204.6)*
Brett Rogers (264.8) vs. Kevin Asplund (246.8)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com):
Dan Spohn (206) vs. Josh Stansbury (204.2) – for NAAFS light heavyweight title
Duane Bastress (184.8) vs. Jason Butcher (186)
Chris Goldbaugh (189.2) vs. Kevin Zalac (189.4) – 190-pound catchweight
Neil Johnson (146) vs. Brylan Van Artsdalen (145.2)
*Summer Series light heavyweight quarterfinal