Karl Amoussou vs. Chris Lozano, courtesy of IronForgesIron.com
As dangerous as Cleveland can be as a city, it has struggled to field decent sports teams and produce champions (not to mention keeping them). Last night at Bellator 63, which gave viewers the Quarterfinal round of this season’s welterweight tournament, “The Cleveland Assassin” Chris Lozano looked to break the cycle and make a run at Bellator’s welterweight title. If you’ve been paying any attention, you already know what to expect.
Perhaps no one in MMA other than Chael Sonnen embraces his alter-ego more than Lozano’s opponent, “Psycho” Karl Amoussou, who had Lozano uncharacteristically angered with his psycho routine before the fight. While that didn’t translate to either man swinging for the fences at the bell, it did lead to an early finish for the French judoka. After Amoussou cut Lozano with a head kick, ”The Cleveland Assassin” took Amoussou down and landed in his guard, which would be Lozano’s only offense for the fight. From there, Amoussou swept Lozano, mounted him and took his back to sink in the rear-naked choke. Karl Amoussou improves to 14-4-2 in his welterweight debut.
In a rare miss for the promotion, the evening’s co-main event saw Bryan Baker take home a split decision over Carlos Alexandre Pereira. Perhaps due to this fight being Baker’s first at welterweight, perhaps due to both fighters respecting each other’s striking, or more than likely due to some combination of the two, neither fighter seemed eager to exchange. Despite the lack of overall action in the fight, Baker landed more takedowns and successfully used his kicks to keep Pereira outside, which was enough to earn him the victory. Hopefully Baker works out his cut to welterweight, as his performance from last night won’t be enough for the next round of the tournament.
It’s likely that it will take you longer to read our description of Jordan Smith vs. David Rickels than it will to actually watch the fight. Both men came out swinging, with David Rickels landing pretty much everything he threw. The stoppage came only twenty two seconds into the fight, putting ”The Caveman” at a perfect 10-0 in his MMA career.
One final note, UFC veteran Ben Saunders put in a dominant performance against Raul Amaya. Save for a brief period in the third round when Amaya managed to take Saunders’ back, Raul Amaya had zero answers for anything “Killa B” attempted. Saunders was clearly the better striker, and constantly attempted submissions once the fight hit the mats. Saunders is now 5-1 since being released from the UFC, and is an early favorite to win this season’s welterweight tournament.
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