By Ray Hamill — Local MMA pro Cass Bell returns to the cage on Friday when he fights undefeated Jornel Lugo at Bellator 256, and on Thursday both fighters made weight.
The fight is the first for Bell since he suffered his first pro loss in July of last year, and he carries an impress record of 5-1 into the bantamweight showdown.
Lugo comes in with a record of 5-0.
Both fighters are in the top 10 in their weight class in the inaugural Bellator rankings, which were released two weeks ago.
Bell is ranked No. 8, two spots ahead of Lugo.
Friday’s fight is part of the Bellator 256 preliminary card, which gets under way at 3 p.m.
The fights can be streamed on Bellator’s YouTube channel.