(Douglas Lima vs. Ben Saunders. KO at 11:04)
Friday night’s Bellator 100 card main event saw Douglas Lima earn another welterweight title shot with a second round-knockout of Ben Saunders in Bellator’s Season 8 Welterweight Tournament Final. In the first round, both men went hard on the feet with Saunders also seeking unsuccessfully to take the fight to the ground.
In the second stanza, Lima found his range and began to take it to Saunders, dropping him to the mat with a right hand. Saunders was cut badly by the shot but survived until the final thirty seconds of the round when Lima connected with a right kick to the head that put the “Killa B” out for good.
Deja vu alert: Lima and Saunders had previously squared off at Bellator 57 back in November 2011, with Lima scoring a second-round KO in that fight as well, to win Season Five’s Welterweight Tournament. Last night’s stoppage, however, was twice as ugly. Check out the video above to see what we mean.
Bellator 100 also featured the quarterfinals of the Season Nine Welterweight Tournament (confused yet?), with War Machine and Vaughn Anderson engaging in a ground war for two rounds before the troubled TUF veteran finished it with a rear naked choke.
War Machine took Anderson down early in the first but was swept. From there, WM attempted a couple triangle choke attempts that were shrugged off by Anderson. The round ended with WM back on his feet. In the second round, WM again took Anderson down, securing a crucifix position and landing strikes.
Anderson escaped that hold only to give up his back. WM got hold of his neck, sunk in a rear naked choke and forced Anderson unconscious, at which point the referee stepped in and called a halt to the fight. War Machine is now 2-0 since his last jail stint, and advances to the Season Nine Welterweight Semi-Finals on October 18th.
Full card results and more fight videos after the jump!
War Machine vs. Vaughn Anderson:
Bubba Jenkins vs. LaRue Burley:
Rick Hawn vs. Herman Terrado:
Brent Weedman vs. Justin Baesman:
Mighty Mo vs. Dan Charles:
Adam McDonough vs. Johny Buck:
Main Card Results:
Douglas Lima knocks Ben Saunders out in the First Round of their Season Eight Welterweight Tournament final.
War Machine earns a technical submission win in the Second Round over Vaughn Anderson with a rear naked choke in this season’s welterweight tournament opening round.
Rick Hawn wins a unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) over Herman Terrado via unanimous decision in their welterweight tournament bout.
Ron Keslar defeats Sergio Junior via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) in another welterweight tournament opening round fight.
Brent Weedman beats Justin Baesman via with an arm bar submission in the first round of their welterweight tournament contest.
Efrain Escudero beats Zack Surdyka via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Travis Marx defeats Brandon Bender via TKO due to strikes in Round Two in their bantamweight tournament semifinal.
LaRue Burley gets a Third Round TKO stoppage over Bubba Jenkins.
Clifford Starks defeats Joe Yager via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27).
Liam McGeary beats Beau Tribolet with a First Round knockout due to a punch.
Siala-Mou Siliga defeats Dan Charles with a Third round TKO from punches.
Adam McDonough beats Johnny Buck with a First Round TKO due to strikes.