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Askren Keeps Title, Sandro First to Featherweight Finals at Bellator 64

Ben Askren. Photo courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships.

CHICAGO, Ill. (April 6, 2012) — Bellator Fighting Championships made its first ever trip to Winsor, Ontario and they brought with them a stacked card that included Ben Askren’s dominant victory over Douglas Lima as well as a Featherweight Tournament Semifinal victory for Marlon Sandro.

Additionally, Travis Marx and Hiroshi Nakamura became the first two to advance to the semifinal round of the Bellator Bantamweight Tournament Friday night at Bellator 64 from Caesars Windsor in Windsor, Ontario live on MTV2 and in HD on EPIX.

In the main event of the evening, the Bellator Welterweight Title was on the line as defending champion Ben Askren faced off against Season 5 Welterweight Tournament Winner Douglas Lima. Quickly becoming a staple of Askren fights, the five rounds were dominated by the two-time National wrestling champion. Frustrated, Lima attempted submissions off his back but failed to overcome the grinding style of the U.S. Olympian. With “Funky” holding steady in the dominant position throughout the duration of the fight, the outcome was clear as the champion won every round on the judges’ scorecards.

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Michael Chandler Defends Lightweight Title, Ben Saunders vs. Bryan Baker at Bellator 67

Michael Chandler. Photo by Jeff Cain/MMA Weekly.

CHICAGO, Ill. (April 6, 2012) — With an already stellar main event featuring Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler taking on 32-win MMA veteran Akihiro Gono, Bellator 67 from Casino Rama on May 4 will feature a welterweight semifinal showdown between Ben “Killa B” Saunders and Bryan “The Beast” Baker, as well as a host of stacked feature fights sure to get the Canadian faithful on their feet.

On the heels of his title-winning fight of the year performance against the world’s top lightweight Eddie Alvarez, Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler returns to face one of his greatest tests to date as the Las Vegas-trained fighter takes on former UFC lightweight Akihiro Gono.

After Chandler’s amazing fourth-round submission victory against then champion Eddie Alvarez at Bellator 58, the undefeated champion knows that he’s now the one with the target on his back.

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Ben Askren, Douglas Lima Official for Bellator 64 Title Fight

Douglas Lima and Ben Askren. Photo courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships.

Reigning Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren and challenger Douglas Lima successfully made weight, as did all other scheduled fighters for tomorrow night's Bellator 64 event, which takes place at Caesars in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

The event also features a pair of bantamweight tournament quarterfinals bouts featuring world-ranked Masakatsu Ueda vs Travis Marx and Rodrigo Lima vs Hiroshi Nakamura. Marlon Sandro also faces Alexandre Bezerra in a featherweight semifinal affair.

The official results from today's weigh-ins:

Ben Askren (169.6 lbs) vs. Douglas Lima (170 lbs)
Marlon Sandro (146 lbs) vs. Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra (146 lbs)
Travis Marx (135.2 lbs) vs. Masakatsu Ueda (135.8 lbs)
Rodrigo Lima (136 lbs) vs. Hiroshi Nakamura (135.8 lbs)
Elias Theodorou (185.6 lbs) vs. Rich Lictawa (192.2 lbs)
Kyle Prepolec (158.6 lbs) vs. Lance Snow (159 lbs)
Josh Taveirne (170.6 lbs) vs. Chad Laprise (169.8 lbs)
Chris Horodecki (145.8 lbs) vs. Mike Richman (145 lbs)
Matt Secor (170 lbs) vs. Nordine Taleb (171 lbs) 
Taylor Solomon (155.6 lbs) vs. Jason Fischer (155.6 lbs)

Report: Marius Zaromskis and Waachiim Spiritwolf to Rematch at Bellator 68

Marius Zaromskis. Photo courtesy of DREAM/FEG.

DREAM welterweight champion Marius Zaromskis and King of the Cage veteran Waachiim Spiritwolf will reportedly fight for the second time at Bellator 68, which is scheduled for the Palladium Ballroom at Caesars in Atlantic City, New Jersey on May 11.

The news comes from MMA Junkie, citing sources close to the event. Bellator 68 will likely feature the semifinals of the promotion's season six welterweight tournament.

Zaromskis and Spiritwolf originally met under the Strikeforce banner in November 2010 with the fight being stopped and ruled a no-contest in just six seconds after Spiritwolf was unable to recover from an accidental poke in the eye.

Since then, Zaromskis has won three out of his last four fights, his lone loss coming at the hands of then-streaking welterweight prospect Jordan Mein while Spiritwolf has struggled as of late, dropping two out of his last three.

Bellator 63 Averages 140,000 on MTV2

Bellator Fighting Championships didn't fair well either in the ratings department this past weekend. Still in a battle with "TUF: Live" for Friday night viewership, Bellator 63, which featured the season six welterweight quarterfinals, averaged 140,000 viewers on MTV2.

Are the two sides taking viewers away from each other or the eyes just not there for the time slots, on a Friday night at that?

Meanwhile, Bellator 63 attracted an average of 140,000 viewers on MTV2, a decrease of 35,000 observers from last week’s Bellator 62, which posted a season-high 175,000 viewers. However, Bellator 63 still handily beat the season low of 108,000 viewers, set by Bellator 61 two weeks ago.

Featuring the Season 6 welterweight tournament quarterfinals, Bellator 63 saw Karl Amoussou, Ben Saunders, David Rickels and Bryan Baker advance to the semifinal round, which will be contested May 4 at Bellator 67 when Saunders faces Baker and Amoussou meets Rickels.

Bellator Teams With Spike TV for New Reality Show Premiering in 2013

SPIKE TV TEAMS UP WITH BERTRAM VAN MUNSTER, CO-CREATOR OF “THE AMAZING RACE,” FOR A NEW BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS REALITY SHOW

New York, NY, April 3, 2012 -  Spike TV and Bellator Fighting Championships are partnering with one of television’s most acclaimed producers, eight-time Emmy Award winner Bertram van Munster, the visionary behind “The Amazing Race,” to create a cutting-edge new unscripted reality show.  The one-hour original Spike series will premiere in 2013 and will showcase the fighters from the emerging mixed martial arts league, Bellator Fighting Championships. Details of the show will be kept closely under wraps until later this year.

“Some of the most physically-gifted and fascinating athletes in the world fight in Bellator, and I believe they make ideal subjects for an innovative new non-scripted series,” noted van Munster.

“We are thrilled to partner with an industry legend such as van Munster, whose creativity and ingenuity will help expose Bellator to an expanded new audience next year on Spike,” said Bjorn Rebney, CEO and Founder of Bellator.

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Chris Horodecki Headlines Bellator 64 Undercard This Weekend

CHICAGO, Ill. (April 2, 2012) — As Bellator Fighting Championships makes its long awaited return to Canada, it brings with it a stacked fight card headlined by a Bellator Welterweight Title Fight between World Champion Ben Askren and Season 5 Tournament Winner Douglas Lima, a Season 6 Featherweight Tournament semifinal featuring dangerous Brazilian Marlon Sandro and Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra and the first two fights in the Season 6 Bantamweight Tournament.

The night will also feature a loaded preliminary card filled with some of the best talent across Canada. The event will broadcast live starting at 8 p.m. EST on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX. 

The night will feature the return of Bellator veteran and London, Ontario native Chris “The Polish Hammer” Horodecki as he battles Minnesota’s Mike “The Marine” Richman in a lightweight fight. Horodecki brings with him an impressive 18-3-1 record while the 11-1 Richman is looking to impress the Bellator brass in his debut with the promotion.

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Report: Megumi Fujii vs. Jessica Aguilar Targeted for Bellator 69 in May

Perennial pound-for-pound women's great Megumi Fujii has reportedly agreed to take on fellow top-ranked 115 lb female fighter Jessica Aguilar at Bellator 69 on May 18.

The news comes from MMA Rising, who received word of the bout from Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney.  The non-tourney bout and event will emanate from the L’Auberge du Lac Casino and Resort in Lake Charles, Lousiana.

Fujii suffered her first professional loss in her last Bellator appearance, an upset at the hands of Zoila Gurgel. She has reeled off three straight wins since, most recently submitting Karla Benitez with one of her patented armbars at DREAM's New Year's Eve show.

Aguilar last defeat also came at the hands of Gurgel under the Bellator banner, back in September 2010.  The American Top Team product is currently riding a four-fight win streak.

Previewing Bellator 63: The Main Card

Ben Saunders. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

Bellator Fighting Championships returns to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT for Bellator 62, which features the start of the promotion's season six welterweight tournament.

Opening round matchups include "TUF" alumnus Ben Saunders against undefeated Art of Fighting product Raul Amaya, three-time Bellator participant David Rickels taking on Victory MMA's Jordan Smith, middleweight tournament standout Bryan Baker making his 170 lb debut against Shooto South America champ Carlos Alexandre Pereira, and Karl Amoussou facing Chris Lozano in the main event.

Here’s a preview of the main card and a breakdown of each fight, which can be seen in its entirety after the jump.

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The Daily Recap: Ebersole Gets Waldberger, Foster Replaced in Bellator Tourney & More

Brian Ebersole. Photo courtesy of Heavy MMA.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

Upstart UFC welterweight Brian Ebersole has received young submission artist T.J. Waldburger as his next opponent at UFC on FX 4 on June 22 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Ebersole has won all three of his UFC bouts to date, most recently winning a controversial split decision over Claude Patrick at UFC 140 in December. Waldburger has won three of his four in the UFC, recently earning consecutive submission wins over Mike Stumpf and Jake Hecht. [UFC.com]

UFC veteran Brian Foster has been forced out of Bellator's upcoming season-six welterweight tournament due to additional screening needed in order to gain medical clearance to fight. He will be replaced by Blackhouse member and 170 lb prospect Jordan Smith. Foster missed nearly a year of action after suffering a brain hemorrhage in the winter of 2010. No word on whether or not that contributed to his removal from the tournament. [Bellator.com]

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