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Bellator 53 Adds Saunders-Santos, Lozano-Lima Bouts

Written on September 12, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Bellator booked two bouts for the upcoming welterweight-tourney semifinals.

Four veteran MMA fighters have just been added to Bellator 53 — the event which will host the second round of the promotion’s Season 5 Welterweight Tournament. Following the Bellator 49 show that took place in New Jersey last Saturday, Bellator CEO – Bjorn Rebney – confirmed that there would be two bouts slated for the upcoming welterweight-tourney semifinals.

Ben Saunders (11-3-2 MMA, 2-0 BFC) will be meeting Luis Santos (50-6-1 MMA, 2-0 BFC) on the said event, and so as Chris Lozano (9-1 MMA, 2-1 BFC) and Douglas Lima (19-4 MMA, 1-0 BFC). Bellator 53 will be held on October 8, 2011. However, both the location and venue haven’t been finalized yet.

The winners of the two bouts will be scheduled to meet on a future match-up, which will determine who among them is this season’s welterweight tournament champion. The declared champ will then face either current welterweight champion, Ben Askren or Jay Hieron.

Stay tuned to Fighting Insider for the official venue of Bellator 53.

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Bellator Welterweight Quarterfinals, Set for March 5

Written on February 09, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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A big and explosive Bellator match is already slated, as the promotion stacked their first Welterweight Quarterfinal for this year.

Last Tuesday, Bellator Fighting Championships made its inaugural match for 2011. The fourth season of the promotion’s welterweight quarterfinals is penciled to take action at Bellator Fighting Championships 35 on March 5, at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California. According to Bellator Chairman and CEO, Bjorn Rebney:

“This welterweight tournament is stacked. Every fight should be hyper-competitive.”

The event will be headlined by a match-up between Lyman Good and Chris Lozano. The televised card will be aired, live, on MTV2. In addition to this, the winner in the event will take home $100,000, and will have a chance to face Ben Askren for a world title.

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Undefeated Chris Lozano Enters Bellator Camp

Written on September 01, 2010 by Clive Wilson

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Mixed Martial Arts welterweight contender Chris Lozano camped in the Bellator Fighting Championships turf yesterday. With a clean slate and an intense knockout power, this is yet the biggest platform for his untainted career.

The Cleveland-born Lozano collated a 5-0 career record, beating all his five opponents to date by TKO or KO, only one of the five stoppages came after the first round. His latest being that fight, where Pride/UFC pro Jason Dent dropped down before Lozano in the fourth round.

The young Lozano started with boxing and Tae Kwon Do, and then turned tow wrestling while he was in middle school. This was his stepping stone to mixed martial arts, as he got in quickly to the Ohio national team for his age bracket and weight class.

This is what Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney has to say about Lozano: “[He]brings proven knockout power to the welterweight division. He is a big welterweight that has tremendous potential to accomplish great things in Bellator at 170 pounds.”

Lozano is anxious and awaiting at the same time for the chance of fighting against the best in the world. He says he has been looking forward to standing on the cage to get this chance, because for him–this has been a dream come true.

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