LONDON – The simmering tension between British middleweight rivals Fabian Edwards and Mike Shipman finally boiled over at the ceremonial weigh-ins ahead of Saturday night’s fights at Bellator Europe 6.
After an early-morning weigh-in session that saw all 36 fighters successfully make weight for their respective matchups, the fighters rehydrated, then returned to the weigh-in room for their final face-offs before this weekend’s event.
And while most of the fighters faced off in relatively amicable manner, the two-rival middleweights set for action in the night’s co-main event weren’t content with a simple staring contest.
After Edwards stood up to Shipman and accused the London Shootfighters man of flinching, the pair engaged in a verbal exchange before the pair then raised their hands and a scuffle ensued.
Thankfully, members of both teams were on hand to drag their respective athlete away from further drama, with even main event star Michael Page diving in to take issue with Edwards’ team.
You can check out the footage of the incident via the video player above.
The two English middleweights have held a long-standing rivalry since their days with British promotion BAMMA, though they never actually met inside the cage. Now that’s all about to change, and it seems the pair couldn’t wait until fight night to get their hands on each other.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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