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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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Douglas Lima Goes to Bellator

Written on May 11, 2011 by Alvin Guerro

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"In every promotion I've fought in, I've always wanted to be the best welterweight in the division" --- Douglas, former MFC welterweight champion

Douglas Lima leaves the Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC) to sign a new contract with Bellator. Anchoring a 18-4 record, he has won six consecutive fights including his victory over Terry Martin at MFC 29.

Douglas Lima insisted that he always wanted to be the best welterweight in every MMA organization. He added that Bellator is a big organization that can expose him on a national television such as MTV2. The current MFC welterweight champion and 23-year-old – Douglas Lima – will fight on Bellator season 5 welterweight tourney.

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