Bellator delivered last night. Too bad their ratings plummeted with about 45 minutes remaining in their program, thanks to Strikeforce - Barnett vs. Kharitonov. Nevertheless, Bellator 49 proved worthy of channel flipping. And that's exactly what this MMA fan found himself doing last night during the overlap between Bellator and Strikeforce events.
Bellator 49 hosted the promotion's third welterweight tournament. Tournament participants Chris Lozano, Ben Saunders, Luis Santos, and Douglas Lima emerged from the rubble in the opening round. All four advance to the semifinals.
The prelims streamed on Spike.com. Do I smell a transition to Spike?
Bellator Fighting Championships 49
September 10, 2011
Caesars Hotel and Casino,
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Welterweight Quarterfinal Bouts
Chris Lozano def. Brent Weedman via unanimous decision
Ben Saunders def. Chris Cisneros via TKO (knees and punches) - Round 3, 0:29
Luis Santos def. Dan Hornbuckle via unanimous decision
Douglas Lima def. Steve Carl via unanimous decision
Alexandre "Popo" Bezerra def. Scott Heckman via TKO (punches) - Round 2, 1:38
Giedrius Karavackas def. LeVon Maynard via TKO (punches) - Round 3, 1:32
Joel Roberts def. Brylan Van Artsdalen via submission (triangle choke) - Round 2, 1:47
Lester Caslow def. James "Binky" Jones via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 0:15
Azunna Anyanwu def. J.A. Dudley via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 4:16