The Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut played host to the quarterfinal round of the Bellator season six welterweight tournament. Ben Saunders, Karl Amoussou, Bryan Baker and David Rickels each picked up wins to advance to the semifinal round.
The semifinals take place at Bellator 67 on May 4th with Saunders taking Baker while Amoussou clashes with Rickels.
Saunders, a finalist last season, enters the tournament as one of the favorites. He held off a tough Raul Amaya to earn a unanimous decision. Saunders threatening with a myriad of submission attempts throughout the fifteen minutes while also dishing out punishing work on the ground.
Rickels must have had other plans for the evening because he needed just 22 seconds to put away Jordan Smith. Smith, who was a replacement for Brian Foster, got clipped from a right by Rickels and it was over soon afterwards as he was blitzed by flurry of strikes for the TKO loss.
Baker was successful in his welterweight debut but you have to wonder if the weight cut from middleweight affected his performance. He successfully avoided the big power of Carlos Pereira on his way to a split decision win. Baker utilized side kicks to keep Pereira at bay. He would score a timely takedown late in the fight in which he advanced to a dominant crucifix position.
Amoussou demonstrated his destructive offense which led to a first round submission win over Chris Lozano. After a tense feeling out process, Amoussou smashed Lozona with a head kick who rushed into for a takedown. A beautiful sweep from Amoussou put him in full mount where he rained down a barrage of strikes which forced Lozano to give up his back. Amoussou quickly finished the fight with a rear-naked choke of Lozano.
You can check out the videos below for the action from the quarterfinal fights, Rickels technical knockout of Smith, and highlights from the preliminary card.
All the fighters slated to participate in tomorrow night’s “Bellator 63” event tipped the scale Thursday inside Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.
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Friday’s event features the opening round of Bellator’s Welterweight Tournament. Former UFC star Ben Saunders (Pictured) meets Raul Amaya in...
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Rebney also confirmed the pairings for the four remaining contestants. Ben Saunders (Pictured) will face Bryan Baker, while Karl Amoussou meets...
The Bellator Fighting Championships heads to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut to kick-off the season six welterweight tournament.
The winner of the eight-man tournament will earn a title shot against Bellator’s welterweight champion.
Bellator 63 will be broadcast live on MTV2 and EPIX HD beginning at 8:00pm ET. The fight results will also be posted below following...
The official weigh-ins for Bellator 63 went off without a hitch as all competitors on Friday nights card successfully made weight.
Bellator 63 will take place from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The event will feature the quarterfinal round of the season six welterweight tournament.
You can catch main card live on MTV2 and EPIX HD beginning at 8:00pm ET and the...
The official weigh-ins for “Bellator 63” take place today inside Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. Stream Thursday’s weight contest live right here on 5thRound.com starting at 5PM ET/2PM PT.
Tomorrow’s event features the opening round of Bellator’s Welterweight Tournament.
MTV2 will broadcast the show’s main bouts at 8PM ET/PT.
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“Bellator 63” takes place Friday inside Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. The first preliminary bout is scheduled to start at 7PM ET/4PM PT. Make sure to stay with 5thRound.com all night for our live coverage.
Spike.com will kick off the festivities by streaming several live preliminary fights. MTV2 will then broadcast the card’s main bouts at 8PM ET/PT.
“Bellator 63” will be jumping off Friday inside Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. The Spike.com will kick off the festivities by streaming several preliminary fights at 7PM ET/4PM PT.
MTV2 will then broadcast the card’s main bouts at 8PM ET/PT.
Tonight’s show will feature the opening round of Bellator’s eight-man Welterweight Tournament.
Here are the official results...
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