The ninth season of Bellator continues on Friday night from the Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix, Arizona with Bellator 100 and the main card will air live on Spike TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
The main card will be headlined by the season eight welterweight tournament final as Douglas Lima meets Ben Saunders in a rematch of their season five tournament final.
In one of the most entertaining fights of the year, Lima would get the win over Saunders with a second round knock out. This victory gave him the opportunity to face Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren and he was defeated by unanimous decision.
TheMMAReport.com has put together pre-fight statistics about all of the fights on the main card and are available below.
Douglas “The Phenom” Lima (24-5)
Lima made his professional debut in 2006, compiling a record of 15-4 before signing with the Maximum Fighting Championships (MFC). During his short run in the MFC (3-0), he won a knockout of the night award, 2 submission of the night awards, the MFC welterweight title, as well as defending his belt. He then signed with Bellator MMA, getting an instant seed in their up and coming tournament. Defeating Steve Carl, Chris Lozano, and Saunders; he earned the right to challenge Askren, losing to the champion after spending most the fight on his back. Having his weakness thrown in his face, Lima was refocused and reenergized. He has since put together 3 wins, all by knockout. Now with the Saunders rematch and title implications on the line, expect to see the best Douglas Lima yet at Bellator 100.
12-1 in last 13
6-1 in Bellator
Season 5 Tournament Winner
21 outs of 24 victories by stoppage
57% Striking Accuracy
75% Power Striking Accuracy
Ben “Killa B” Saunders (16-5-2)
Many were surprised when “Killa B” was released from the UFC in 2010. He had amassed a record of 4-3 in the promotion, including being the first man to ever knockout Marcus Davis. The Ultimate Fighter 6 alumni has made waves since entering Bellator’s welterweight division. Utilizing a solid ground game, hard kicks, and a brutal muay thai clinch to reach the final of two tournaments out of the three he has competed in. It’s a safe bet he will be looking to get revenge on Lima and move into the title picture with a win on Friday.
7-2 in Bellator
3rd Bellator Tournament (Seasons 5, 6, & 8)
2nd Bellator Tournament Final (5 & 8)
2 of last 3 wins by first round KO
Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver (13-4)
The man known as War Machine has often been a viewed as ignorant and insensitive for what he calls “speaking his mind.” All Opinions aside, when the cage door closes, War Machine comes to fight. His big break came in the form of The Ultimate Fighter 6, the same season Saunders competed in. His UFC debut came with a big pay day, winning both Fight of the Night and Knockout of the Night, after knocking out Jared Rollins. He would go on to lose his next fight by submission to 4th degree black belt in Judo, Yoshiyuki Yoshida.
Following the lose he was cut by the UFC for comments made about their recently deceased former champion Evan Tanner. Going 7-2 since being cut (including a TKO win over Roger Huerta), War Machine would once again encounter legal problems and have to serve a year in prison. Finally making his Bellator debut at Bellator 96 against Blas Avena and won by TKO. War Machine will be looking to bring that same fire back to the cage against Vaughn Anderson.
1-0 in Bellator
Never Been Knocked Out
8-2 since leaving the UFC (all wins by stoppage)
Only gone to decision once (lost to David Mitchell)
Vaughn “Blud” Anderson (16-1-1)
Unknown to all but only the most hardcore fans, Anderson has flown under the radar into the Season 9 Welterweight Tournament. Though the Canadian native hasn’t fought for over a year, he has in no way stepped away from fighting. Spending his last year off doing some color commentating for Legend FC and coaching in China. MMA has developed much slower in China as opposed to most major countries.
Though as interest grew, fighters needs places to train, prompting many camps to pop up all over the country. The premiere camp to date is Xian Sports University, where Anderson happens to be head coach. Some may be thinking about the old additive, “those who can’t do teach,” but with a record of 16-1-1, “Blud” may be teaching War Machine a thing or two when they meet up.
Won 9 fights straight (8 by stoppage)
First fight since May 5, 2012
Luis Melo Jr. (29-11-3)
Melo Junior has been in the fight game since 2003, compiling over 40 fights to his record. Most recently in his Bellator debut, he upset favored prospect Trey Houston. Not only defeating, but submitting Houston via arm triangle choke in the third round. Having bounced around smaller shows for the last decade, he will be looking make a statement and put a major title on his long resume.
6 fight win streak
43 professional fights
11 TKO/KO, 14 Sub wins
Ron Keslar (9-4)
Strikeforce veteran Keslar found great success in 2011, putting a 3-0 effort in for the year. After 6 months off, he returned in 2012 getting a unanimous decision win over Ultimate Fighter alumni Dom Waters. Since the victory he has not stepped into a cage; but when Bellator made the call, he answered without hesitation. Now replacing the injured and recently retired Matt Riddle; the American Kickboxing Academy member will be trying to prove ring rust is not a factor.
4 fight win streak
4 of 9 wins by submission
Last fight on May 19, 2012
Brent Weedman (21-8-1)
Weedman has been a Bellator main stay since his debut at Bellator 16. Putting together a record of 7-3 in the promotion. Though his signature win came back in 2008 when he submitted Douglas Lima in the second round to win the AFL welterweight title. After losing back to back tournaments, Weedman dropped a weight class to compete in the Season 6 Lightweight tournament. Making it to the tournament final, his run was cut short, losing a unanimous decision to Rick Hawn. Choosing to resume his career at welterweight, ha entered the Season 8 welterweight tournament; defeating former DREAM champion Marius Zaromskis in the opening round. It soon came out he was pulled from the tournament due to injuries sustained in his fight. Now Weedman is looking to pick up where he left off, as well as improve his training; spending his camp surrounding himself with quality fighters like the members of Team Curran.
7-3 in Bellator
5th Bellator tournament
3-1 in last 4
10 TKO/KO, 8 sub wins
6 of 8 career losses by decision
Justin “Raw Deal” Baesman (14-3)
Baesman made his professional debut in 2008, going on a 5 fight win streak before dropping his first lose to Jaime Jara. His big break came in the form of Nick Diaz’ new promotion WAR MMA. Daniel Roberts and Baesman squared off in the main event and “Raw Deal” won the fight by split decision. With that victory he is riding a 4 fight win streak into the tournament, a win over Weedman would definitely put a stamp on his career.
4 fight win streak
4 of last 5 wins have come by split decision
This is his 5th fight of 2013
All 3 defeats by sub (2 subs due to strikes)
Rick “Genghis” Hawn (15-2)
Hawn has yet to fail to reach the final of any Bellator tournament he has competed in. His first being the Season 4 Welterweight tournament., where he lost in the final to Jay Heiron by controversial split decision. Making the choice to drop to lightweight, he next competed in the Season 6 lightweight tournament. By defeating Ricardo Triloni, Lloyd Woodard, and Brent Weedman; Hawn earned the right to challenge lightweight champion Michael Chandler.
Spending the majority of the fight on the defensive, Chandler defeated Hawn via rear naked choke submission in the second round. This was the first time Hawn had ever been finished in his career. The Judo black belt returned to action at Bellator 95, knocking out UFC veteran Karo Parisyan in the second round in a welterweight bout. After the news broke that Mark Scanlon was injured and out of the tournament, Hawn stepped up and will be making his second run at a welterweight title.
41% Striking Accuracy
Never Been Knocked Out
7-2 in Bellator
3rd Bellator Tournament
10 wins by KO
5-1 in tournament fights
Herman Terrado (11-2)
Terrado has been sporadic on the MMA scene, taking entire years off from the sport (2010 & 2012). The Strikeforce veteran is still to be taken seriously, riding a 7 fight win streak into the tournament. The talented young fighter has only been to a decision once in his career, with all his wins coming by stoppage. If Hawn does not watch his step, Terrado will make him pay for it.