Summer is over and fall is here, which means enough MMA every week to make your eyeballs explode. First up in ocular demolition was Bellator 49, which aired on MTV2 tonight and featured the Season Five welterweight tournament quarterfinals. We saw a Hawaiian, two Brazilians, a UFC veteran, and other scrappy dudes mix it up. Curious how it all played out? (If the answer is “no”, just leave. Now.)
In the match-up between ex-MFC champ Doug Lima and Steve Carl, the opening seconds made it seem like it was going to be the best fight ever. First, Carl stepped in and clipped theLimawith a right hand, prompting the Brazilian to do the Funky Chicken. But when the American pounced, Lima’s autopilot kicked in, and Carl was soon defending a heelhook then struggling to wiggle out of the bottom. Round 2 was a bit less exciting, with Lima somehow finding his way into top position over and over again, and though Carl had his moments in the third, it wasn’t enough to erase his foe’s lead; Lima took the unanimous decision when time ran out.
If Dan Hornbuckle was cognizant that his job was on the line, he sure didn’t show it in his bout against Luis Santos. For just about all of their three-round tilt, Hornbuckle walked forward throwing single strikes and missing with nearly all of them, while the Brazilian employed his superior Muay Thai to pick the Native American off from afar. There was a slight bit of urgency injected into the proceedings in the third, with Hornbuckle perhaps coming to the realization that his Bellator career was doomed. But Santos simply rocked him and the advance halted with a quickness, and when the official scorecards were tallied they read 30-27 all the way across in favor ofSantos
UFC alum Ben Saunders may be known for his clinch and knees from hell, but in his pairing against newcomer Chris Cisneros, he waited until the third round to uncork the wine from that vintage. Rounds 1 and 2 saw Saunders manhandle the Hawaiian thoroughly on the ground, and though Cisneros managed a reversal late in the first, he was just struggling to survive in the second. And then came Round 3, where Saunders changed his mode of attack completely by securing the tie-up, kneeing Cisneros silly, and following him to the ground with punches. The referee called it off at the 29-second mark, giving Saunders the expected win via TKO.
Brent Weedman stepped into the cage a proven badass against Chris Lozano, and after a harrowing first round that had Weedman knocking his foe down and threatening with grappling dominance, there was no reason to doubt that. But Lozano weathered the early storm and began finding his boxing groove in the second, knocking Weedman’s head back in the exchanges with punches that were significantly harder than what Weedman was throwing. Miraculously, no one went to sleep, and Lozano had to deal with a zombie-like fighter that kept coming forward. Round 3 saw Weedman seeking his fortunes on the ground but only finding trouble via attempted D’Arce choke and punishment from above, and when time expired Lozano was awarded the unanimous decision.
-Doug Lima def. Steve Carl via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
-Luis Santos def. Dan Hornbuckle via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Ben Saunders def. Chris Cisneros via TKO (Punches) at :29 in Round 3
-Chris Lozano def. Brent Weedman via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)