Bellator 222: Rory MacDonald defends welterweight title against Neiman Gracie
Bellator 222: Rory MacDonald and Neiman Gracie faceoff at the official weigh-in ceremony | Pic: Supplied

MMA event Bellator 222 takes place at the Madison Square Garden in New York City on June 15 (AEST). The fight card on DAZN is headlined by a semi-final bout of welterweight World Grand Prix featuring the division’s current titleholder Rory MacDonald (20-5-1) up against undefeated Neiman Gracie (9-0). At the official weigh-in ceremony the champion showed 169.4. The challenger was 169.8.

Lyoto Machida (25-8) tipped the scales at 204.4 for his light heavyweight encounter with Chael Sonnen (31-16-1), who declared 205.6. The bout serves as the co-main event.

Bellator 222: Lyoto Machida faceoff Chael Sonnen
Bellator 222: Lyoto Machida and Chael Sonnen faceoff at the official weigh-in ceremony | Pic: Supplied

The kick off of them main card features the defending Bellator Bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell (13-2) in a rematch against the current RIZIN FF Bantamweight champion Kyoji Horiguchi (27-2). The latter was victorious in their first encounter last December taking the win by submission in the third round. The athletes weighed-in at 134.6 and 134.4, respectively.

Bellator 222: Darrion Caldwell defends bantamweight title against Kyoji Horiguchi
Bellator 222: Darrion Caldwell and Kyoji Horiguchi at the official weigh-in ceremony | Pic: Supplied

Mike Kimbel missed bantamweight limit showing 136.6 for his bout against Sebastian Ruiz, who was 135.6. The contest remains on the preliminary card as scheduled.

The complete 18-fight card and weigh-in results for Bellator 222 can be found below.

Main Card
Rory MacDonald (169.4) vs. Neiman Gracie (169.8)
Lyoto Machida (204.4) vs. Chael Sonnen (205.6)
Dillon Danis (175) vs. Max Humphrey (174.4)
Ricky Bandejas (136) vs. Patrick Mix (135.6)
Eduardo Dantas (145.6) vs. Juan Archuleta (145.8)
Darrion Caldwell (134.6) vs. Kyoji Horiguchi (134.4)

Preliminary Card
Aaron Pico (145.4) vs. Adam Borics (145.4)
Heather Hardy (127.8) vs. Taylor Turner (127.8)
Valerie Loureda (125) vs. Larkyn Dasch (125.8)
Robson Gracie Jr. (168.6) vs. Oscar Vera (168.8)
Mike Kimbel (136.6)* vs. Sebastian Ruiz (135.6)
Haim Gozali (178) vs. Gustavo Wurlitzer (176)
Rena Kubota (111.2) vs. Lindsay VanZandt (111.4)
Phil Hawes (186) vs. Michael Wilcox (185.4)
Marcus Surin (155.6) vs. Nekruz Mirkhojaev (154)
Brandon Medina (124.8) vs. Brandon Polcare (126)
Kastriot Xhema (164.6) vs. Whitney Jean Francois (163.8)
John Beneduce (146) vs. Kenny Rivera (145.8)

*Missed weight