Bellator 63 takes place later tonight at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The event airs live on MTV2 at 8pm ET/7pm CT. The prelims will precede the MTV2 broadcast at 7pm ET and 10pm ET on Spike.com.
In the main event, Frenchman Karl Amoussou takes on Chris Lozano in the fourth quarterfinal bout of the season six welterweight tournament.
Ben “Killa B” Saunders takes on Raul Amaya in the opening round of the welterweight tournament.
Jordan Smith and David Rickels look to put on the ‘fight of the night’ in a welterweight tournament quarterfinal bout.
Bryan Baker drops to welterweight to face off against Carlos Alexandre Pereira in another tournament opening round bout.
Results and recap after the jump.
- Karl Amoussou def. Chris Lozano via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:05 of Round 1
- Bryan Baker def. Carlos Alexandre Pereira via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- David Rickels def. Jordan Smith via TKO (Punches) at 0:22 of Round 1
- Ben Saunders def. Raul Amaya via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
- Ryan Quinn def. Marc Stevens via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Saul Almeida vs. Matt Bessette def. Saul Almeida via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Brandon Fleming def. Pete Rogers via Submission (Peruvian Necktie) at 3:39 of Round 1
- Dan Cramer def. Jeff Nader via Split Decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
- Andrey Koreshkov def. Tiawan Howard via Knockout (Uppercut and Punches) at 1:26 of Round 1
- Munah Holland def. Marianna Kheyfets via Knockout (Punch) at 4:45 of Round 2
Karl Amoussou vs. Chris Lozano: Chris Lozano learned a little something about jiu-jitsu tonight. After lots of trash talking between the two, the two heated rivals finally entered the cage, and although it was a slow start, Lozano got the better of the striking, however, when he followed his foe to the ground, he was swept, and Amoussou got his hooks in. Lozano made a rookie mistake by reaching for Amoussou’s feet, and leaving his neck exposed, allowing Karl to sink in a fight-ending rear naked choke at 2:05 of the first frame. Amoussou is on his way to the semi-finals.
Bryan Baker vs. Carlos Alexandre Pereira: This fight was expected to deliver, big time, and that it did not. The story of this fight seemed to be the weight cut of Bryan Baker failing him. His explosiveness was just not there, and he looked a shell of the fighter he used to be. Through the first, it appeared as though neither fighter wanted to win it. They went back and forth with little action through the second, although their appeared to be a very slight edge to Pereira. The third followed suit, as there was very little action throughout. At the end of 15 minutes, the crowd, the commentators, and everyone were incredibly overwhelmed. In the end, a split decision was rendered with scores of 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 going in favor of Bryan Baker, who advances to the semi-finals of the welterweight tournament.
Jordan Smith vs. David Rickels: It was a quick fight, sweet for one, and sour for the other. David Rickels and Jordan Smith met in the center of the cage and went toe to toe, and it ended very quickly, as Rickels rocked Smith, swarmed on him, and referee Dan Mirgliotta stepped in at 0:22 of the first round. Smith protested, but he was out. Rickels books a ticket to the semi-finals with lightning speed.
Ben “Killa B” Saunders vs. Raul Amaya: This fight got off to a fast and furious start as Amaya and Saunders went for it all early. As the round went on though, it was clear that Saunders had this fight in the bag as he landed the far better strikes, with knees and punches, and when the fight hit the ground, he chained submission attempt after submission attempt. As the second round started, Saunders continued to hurt a visibly battered Amaya and continued with his submission attempts throughout. As the third round started, with “Killa B” very clearly up two rounds to none, Amaya took control and even managed to take the back of Saunders briefly, but it wouldn’t be long before he sound himself on his own back, with Saunders completely decimating him. In the end, the judges awarded Ben Saunders the unanimous decision with scores of 30-26, 30-27, and 30-27. Ben Saunders finds himself in a familiar position, entering the semi-finals of the tournament.
Ryan Quinn vs. Marc Stevens: In a very evenly matched fight, Quinn and Stevens put on a wrestling clinic. Through all three rounds, the two men exerted themselves in a ground battle. Despite the cornermen suggesting they stay away from a wrestling match, both men blew off those calls and went to the mat over and over. In the end, it was Quinn who was awarded the unanimous decision with scores of 30-27, 29-28, and 29-28.
Saul Almeida vs. Matt Bessette: Almeida is well known for grinding out decisions and playing it safe, in this fight, he chose to take a different approach, and that would be his downfall. After a very close first round, the two went even harder in the second, however, Almeida was reckless, and he would pay the price for that. In the third round, Almeida would find himself on the wrong end of upkicks, and almost finished with an armbar. He survived, but it was all for naught, as the judges awarded scores of 29-28, 30-27, and 30-27 to Matt Bessette.
Dan Cramer vs. Jeff Nader: The first round was eerily similar to the third round of the last fight these two gentleman had, as Nader hurt Cramer on several occasions, however, as the first round wound down, it was Cramer who found himself on top, dropping ground and pound. The second and third rounds were almost the same as the first, as Nader very clearly was the better striker, but continuously was taken down. In the end, the fight, which could have gone either way, went the way of Dan Cramer with scores of 27-30, 29-28, and 29-28, making the two 1-1 against each other.
Andrey Koreshkov vs. Tiawan Howard: 21 year old Andrey Koreshkov didn’t want to disappoint his mentor, Alexander Shlemenko, and he didn’t have to worry about that for long. From the very start, it was clear who was the better striker, and it was barely a minute into the fight when he knocked out Tiawan Howard with an uppercut and subsequent punches on the ground. The finish came at 1:26 of the first round.
Marianna Kheyfets vs. Munah Holland: The ladies started the night’s televised proceedings in an exciting fashion. A close first round saw Holland get the better of the stand-up, but falling short on the scorecards after a takedown by Kheyfets late. The second round all Holland, she dropped Kheyfets twice, but failed to follow up and finish, however, 4:45 of round 2, Holland landed the final blow, and knocked Kheyfets unconscious.
Pete Rogers vs. Brandon Fleming: In the only untelevised bout on the card, the two untested fighters went toe to toe. With grappling being the meat and potatoes of this bout, it would be Fleming who got the better of the exchanges and locked up his grip on a Peruvian necktie. Rogers did his best to escape, but was ultimately forced to tap at 3:39 of the first frame.