Last night the Bellator welterweights reminded fans that all of MMA’s talent isn’t confined to the Octagon with a quartet of memorable performances turned in by the Season 6 170-pounders. Two of the shining stars were no doubt UFC veteran Ben Saunders and imposing Frenchman Karl Amoussou who both racked up convincing victories albeit in different ways.
Saunders kicked the Bellator 63 main card off with a three-round beatdown of Raul Amaya who refused to go away despite absorbing a ton of damage. After the decision win Saunders made sure to credit Amaya for his toughness, flashing an ear-to-ear grin throughout based on his elation in the tournament win.
Meanwhile, Amoussou looked sharp against Chris Lozano in the evening’s headliner, locking in a Rear-Naked Choke after a beautiful sweep from bottom set him up in full mount before eventually sliding onto the exposed Lozano’s back. One of the most intimidating welterweights in the sport, Amoussou put his semifinal peers on blast after the victory, saying, “I’m not hear to beat the guys. I’m here to destroy them.”
David Rickels and Bryan Baker also advanced to the final four.
Read below for a list of results:
Ryan Quinn def. Marc Stevens via Unanimous Decision
Matt Bessette def. Saul Almeida via Unanimous Decision
Brandon Flemming def. Pete Rogers via Submission Round 1 (Peruvian Necktie)
Munah Hollanddef. Marianna Kheyfets via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
Andrey Koreshkov def. Tiawan Howard via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Dan Cramer def. Jeff Nader via Split Decision
Ben Saunders def. Raul Amaya via Unanimous Decision
David Rickels def. Jordan Smith via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Bryan Baker def. Carlos Alexandre Pereira via Split Decision
Karl Amoussou def. Chris Lozano via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
PHOTO CREDIT – BELLATOR
MMATraining Take: Another very entertaining card from Bellator. Baker was a little disappointing in his 170-pound debut though it could have just been the cut, while Rickels’ TKO was prematurely stopped in my opinion though only slightly.