Bellator FC will make its return to Canada this April with an event headlined by a title-fight between welterweight champion Ben Askren and Season 5 tournament champion Douglas Lima. The card will also feature the semifinal round from their upcoming featherweight tournament as well as an in-ring appearance from popular striker Chris Horodecki.
The show, titled Bellator 64, was announced earlier today via an official press release.
“After my fight with Jay (Hieron), I went back to work the following Monday to continue my training,” explained Askren of his preparation for the 21-4 Lima. “I made no secret I wasn’t happy with my performance in that fight, and now having spent over six months training at Roufusport, I’m really confident in my striking. Douglas is a great fighter, but I don’t think he’ll be able to handle what I bring to the table.”
The 9-0 Askren nearly saw his perfect record laid to waste by Hieron who took him the distance in October and ultimately lost a controversial Split Decision.
Meanwhile, Lima has also been refining his skills as necessary for a grappler with Askren’s abilities, saying, “There is no question Ben is a great fighter, and I’ve been focusing a lot of time on my wrestling. This is the biggest fight of my career, and I’m preparing for it. It’s all I think about. Every day from the time I wake up, until the time my head hits the pillow, I’m thinking about April 6 and winning the title.”
Lima earned his shot at Askren by taking out Ben Saunders via strikes to cap off his 3-0 run under Bellator’s banner. Eighteen of his victories have involved some form of finish.
Bellator 64 will be held at Caesar’s Windsor in Windsor, Ontario with preliminary action being streamed on Spike.com with main card action being broadcast live at 8:00 PM EST on MTV/EPIX.
MMATraining Take: Askren-Lima is a great fight and the Canadian crowd should provide even more electricity to the show, especially considering Lima’s past success in the Great White North. Booking Horodecki was also a smart move given his area roots and it’s hard to go wrong with any 145-pound action in Bellator.