Posts Tagged ‘Bellator 64 MMA in Windsor Ontario Canada Askren vs. Lima Sandro vs. Bezerra Ueda vs. Marx Lima vs. Nakamura’

Bellator Fighting Championship brings their unique brand of MMA to Caesars Windsor on April 6th with an outstanding card which features a World Title Fight, 3 exciting tournament bouts and a few intriguing preliminary bouts showcasing great Canadian talent.

In the main-event Season 5 Welterweight tournament winner Douglas “The Phenom” Lima puts his 9-fight winning streak on the line when he takes on undefeated Welterweight Champion and 2008 Olympic wrestler Ben Askren for the 170-pound title.

The champion Ben Askren (9-0) is coming off of a split-decision victory over Season 4 welterweight tourney winner Jay Hieron in a match where Askren showed a much improved stand-up game.
A 2-time NCAA Divison I National Wrestling Champion,  Askren is currently #3 on the NCAA Division I pins list, winning 91 of his 153 matches by way of pinfall.  Askren also competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing before beginning his professional career as a mixed martial artist in 2009, defeating his first 9 opponents on his way to the Bellator Welterweight Championship.

His opponent Douglas Lima (21-4) had an impressive tournament run, knocking out Chris Lozano in the quarter-final and Ben Saunders in the Season 5 Welterweight tourney finals.  Lima is a very well-rounded fighter who looks to finish his opponents with 18 of his 21 wins coming by stoppage (7-KO’s and 11 Submissions).  Lima could have the crowd on his side as this will be his second time headlining at Caesars Windsor.  In his first appearance last April, Lima TKO’ed Terry Martin in a little over a minute into round one at MFC 29.

This fight is shaping up to be a classic “Striker vs. Grappler”.  Whoever can impose their gameplan leaves home with the belt.  If Askren can work his world class wrestling game and put Lima on his back, he will successfully defend his title. Though if Lima stuffs a few takedowns and gets his powerful striking game going, we could have a new champion crowned on Good Friday.

Also, this season’s Featherweight Tournament resumes as Tournament favorite Marlon Sandro takes on fellow Brazilian, Alexandre Bezerra in Semi-Final action.

35 year old Marlon Sandro (21-3) trains with one of the best camps in MMA:  Nova Uniao, with the likes of top fighters Rennan “Barrao”, Marcos Galvao and UFC Featherweight King Jose Aldo.  He is coming off of a dominating performance in the quarterfinals where he got the Rear-Naked-Choke victory over Roberto Vargas at 3:35 of the first round.  Sandro is looking to rebound after last season’s devistating head-kick KO loss to Pat Curran in the featherweight tournament finals.

Sandro will have his hands full against the 24 year old Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra (13-1) who is undefeated under Bellator Fighting Championship with 5 wins, all within the distance.  In his quarterfinal pairing he defeated Kenny Foster by Rear-Naked-Choke with 3 seconds to go in the second round to advance to the semi’s.

Rounding out the televised portion of Bellator 64 is the opening rounds of the Season 6 Bantamweight Tournament with 2 exciting fights with international flavor.

Former Shooto Champion and #8 ranked bantamweight in the world, (ranked by  Masakatsu Ueda (15-1-3) makes the trip from Tokyo Japan to battle Jackson MMA product Travis Marx (18-3) for a spot in the semi’s.

In the second quarter final bout, undefeated Brazilian Rodrigo “Ratinho” Lima (10-0) brings his exciting fight style to the bellator cage to take on durable Japanese fighter Hiroshi Nakamura

Also on the Card:

Experienced 24 year old Team Tompkins standout,  Chris Horodecki (18-3-1) takes on former Marine Mike Richman (11-1).  Horodecki will be dropping down to 145 and making his debut in the featherweight division.

Training out of Tristar Vale Tudo in Montreal, Quebec, prospect Nordine Taleb (6-1) battles Matt Secor (1-0) of Saratoga Springs, New York in a Middleweight match-up.  Taleb is coming off of a KO victory over former UFC fighter Pete “Drago” Sell.

Undefeated Chatam, Ontario native Chad Laprise (4-0) looks to continue his winning ways and add a 5th straight KO victory to his record as he takes on Windsor fighter Josh Taveirne (2-2).  Laprise is coming off of a vicious ground-and-pound knockout win over grappler Andrew McInnes at the WFCU Center last July.