Friday's Bellator 182 features two of the company's top welterweights in action, but it one has his way, he'll be competing about five pounds up moving forward.
Chidi Njokouani has had issues making the welterweight limit on numerous occasions, even in his Bellator career. When speaking to Fightful recently, Chidi said that the weight cut is moving a lot smoother. Despite this, he's longing for Bellator to adopt the 175 pound division.
"Weight's good. I got a new meal prep sponsor," Njokouani said to Fightful.com. "I don't care to move up. I don't carry a lot of weight, it's just hard to make 170. I don't want to move to 185 just yet. If I put the right kind of muscle on, I could. Hopefully they add those new weight classes. That'll help out a lot. If they add 175, that'll make a big difference."
Njokouani said that he hasn't spoken to anyone in Bellator about a potential 175 pound division. His main event opponent Andrey Koreshkov also spoke to Fightful.com, and said that his future is at welterweight and didn't know of his opponent's weight cutting woes.
"I don't think I belong at middleweight, welterweight is mine," Koreshkov said through an interpreter."If (Chidi) misses weight, that's his problem."
Njokouani and Koreshkov do battle Friday at Bellator 182 from Verona, New York. Fightful will have full, live coverage of the event.