Bellator 64 takes place later tonight at Caesars Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. 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, Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren defends his belt against season five welterweight tournament winner Douglas Lima.
The first featherweight finalist will be determined as the always dangerous Marlon Sandro takes on the always exciting Alexandre “PoPo” Bezerra.
Travis Marx and Masakatsu Ueda will go toe to toe in the opening round of the season six bantamweight tournament.
And rounding out the main card, undefeated Brazilian Rodrigo Lima takes on DEEP and Shooto veteran Hiroshi Nakamura in another bantamweight tournament bout.
Results and recap after the jump.
- Ben Askren def. Douglas Lima via Unanimous Decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
- Marlon Sandro def. Alexandre Bezerra via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Travis Marx def. Masakatsu Ueda via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Hiroshi Nakamura def. Rodrigo Lima via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
- Elias Theodorou def. Rich Lictawa via Verbal Submission at 0:33 of Round 3
- Kyle Prepolec vs. Lance Snow via Submission (Armbar) at 2:54 of Round 1
- Chad Laprise def. Josh Taveirne via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 2:48 of Round 1
- Mike Richman def. Chris Horodecki via Knockout (Punches and Uppercuts) at 1:23 of Round 1
- Nordine Taleb def. Matt Secor via Unanimous Decision (30-24, 30-27, 30-27)
- Jason Fischer def. Taylor Solomon via Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:59 of Round 3
Ben Askren vs. Douglas Lima: Well, this was vintage Ben Askren. The decorated wrestler landed takedown after takedown after takedown. He wasn’t interested in engaging on the feet, he didn’t care for the submission game of Lima, and he didn’t care about the boo birds in the crowd. Through each and every round, Lima found himself on his back, unable to do anything, and after the dust settled, it was Askren who remained undefeated and picked up his 10th career win with scores of 50-45, 50-45, and 50-45.
Marlon Sandro vs. Alexandre Bezerra: It wasn’t necessarily the war everyone had hoped for, but it still was a hell of a fight. With full technique on display, Sandro and Bezerra went toe to toe on the feet, and later on the ground. With serious boxing skills, Sandro did most of the work in the first ten minutes, but in the final five, Bezerra was the aggressor, even getting Sandro on the ground. Although the accuracy wasn’t spectacular, knees and kicks were the order of the day. A tough one to call for sure, the judges issued scores of 29-28, 28-29, and 29-28, in favor of the first featherweight finalist, Marlon Sandro.
Travis Marx vs. Masakatsu Ueda: In one of the more evenly-matched fights on the card. Marx and Ueda went toe to toe for 10 minutes, with either man arguably taking a round. The top game of Ueda, was, as always, his best feature in the fight, although Marx was defending excellently, and not being held down. The third round was one of the closest, as Ueda maintained top control early, but was taken down near the end. After the bell, all three judges gave the decision to Travis Marx with scores of 29-28, 29-28, and 29-28.
Rodrigo Lima vs. Hiroshi Nakamura: The two engaged in a fun first round, with Nakamura working his usual grinding style, while Lima was very active from the bottom, constantly striking and threatening with submissions. While through all three rounds, Nakamura imposed his will and scored takedown after takedown, it was Lima who was the busier fighter, working from the bottom nonstop. Lima was deducted a point for two low blows early in the second round, but that was all for naught, as all three judges scored the bout 29-27, 29-27, 29-27 for Nakamura, advancing him to the semifinals of the bantamweight tournament.
Elias Theodorou vs. Rich Lictawa: This fight was all Elias Theodorou. From bell to bell, Elias blasted Lictawa with knees, punches, and elbows as he pressed his opponent against the fence, though the highlight of the fight was the cornerman of Theodorou. It was much of the same, pure dominance, for the first two rounds, and early in the third, after taking some clean shots to the face, Lictawa proclaimed he couldn’t see, and the referee waved off the bout via verbal submission at 0:33 of the third round.
Kyle Prepolec vs. Lance Snow: What a great and quick fight. The first of the evening’s postliminary fights came and went in under three minutes, as friends and training partners Prepolec and Snow went toe to toe. It was Prepolec who got the best of the exchanges early, and when the fight hit the ground, he continued his dominance. The finish came at 2:54 of the first round when Prepolec snuck on an armbar and forced the tap within two seconds, literally.
Chad Laprise vs. Josh Taveirne: The two men came out fast, and it wasn’t long before Laprise found himself on his back. Taveirne attempted to posture up and land some serious ground and pound, but unfortunately for the hometown boy, he found himself caught in a triangle choke, an triangle/armbar combination, and then another triangle choke. He was forced to tap at 2:48 of the first frame.
Chris Horodecki vs. Mike Richman: Many expected this to be an easy fight for Chris Horodecki, but that it was not. Richman came out fast with a vast array of striking, and the pressure and varying strikes proved to be too much for Horodecki, as uppercuts and punches put him unconscious in under 90 seconds.
Nordine Taleb vs. Matt Secor: Jimmy Smith was not happy. This fight was a snooze fest from bell to bell. Taleb dominated his opponent with his superior striking, but Secor was having none of it, and channeled his inner Kalib Starnes, avoiding any sort of contact with Taleb. After three rounds, the judges turned in scores of 30-24, 30-27, and 30-27, giving the unanimous decision victory to Nordine Taleb.
Taylor Solomon vs. Jason Fischer: What started as a close fight, quickly became a domination, and ended in dramatic fashion. After a close first round between the two, Fischer took control and imposed his will on the ground. With ground and pound and slick guard passes, Fischer left the fight out of the hands of the judges as he took his opponent’s back, locked in the hooks, and put Solomon out cold with a rear naked choke with only one second remaining in the fight.