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Reminder: Bellator 22 Goes Down Tonight in Kansas City

(Cartoonishly large chin or dreamcatcher tattoo — WHO YA GOT?)

That strange mini-event at the Nokia Theatre was just the beginning of this wild week of MMA. Set your DVRs, folks, because Bellator returns to the Kansas City Power & Light District tonight for the finals of their season 2 welterweight tournament (FOX Sports Net, 8 p.m. CST). Fighting for a shot at 170-pound champ Lyman Good are Dan Hornbuckle — who scored first-round submissions over Tyler Stinson and Steve Carl to reach the finals — and Ben Askren, who had to defeat Ryan Thomas twice due to a bizarre series of events. Elsewhere on the card…

Stephanie Frausto (2-1), the sister of Strikeforce vet Zoila Frausto, makes her Bellator debut against Lisa Ward (12-5) in a 115-pound clash. Frausto has only been fighting professionally since January. Video of her pro debut (against a girl who kind of looks like Nate Diaz) is after the jump.

Cole Konrad (3-0), the Brock Lesnar training partner who impressed nobody with his physique and cardio at Bellator 17, returns against John Orr (5-4). For some reason, Konrad is as high as a -1500 favorite against Orr. Do the oddsmakers know something we don’t? If you check out some of Orr’s fights, you’ll see that he’s definitely raw, but not completely inept.

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fACE7biter- June 18, 2010 at 7:26 am
Drew, I'm a big white guy, can't miss me :)

Lyman had shoulder surgery not too long ago, not sure exaclty what the injury was, but thats why no superfight.
Almost North- June 17, 2010 at 11:34 pm
Damnit I hadn't seen that yet. FUCK.
cecils_pupils- June 17, 2010 at 8:36 pm
And so it goes... I say Hornbuckle just needs to keep winning and maybe he'll get in the UFC and he loses. Askren dominated him to a unanimous decision. I jinxed him.
Construction King- June 17, 2010 at 8:05 pm
His best win is Akihiro Gono, He is a good fighter against Lesser competition and he makes his choices of where he fights He likely could of went to the UFC after Sengoku had he chosen to
Dick_Misanthropenis- June 17, 2010 at 7:56 pm
@ Elmo's Nerf

Correction, sir: he wishes to study them. Intently. And desperately hope they will teach him to fight.

That being said, I hope Hornbuckle folds Askren up like Origami. Something about smug, arrogant wrestlers rubs me the wrong way. I think it reminds me of highschool. Which I hate.
cecils_pupils- June 17, 2010 at 3:52 pm
Thanks Swedish... shit, if UFC let Gilbert Yvel in then Dan still has a chance if he keeps winning.

Well, ya know what they say: a turd in the hand is better than 2 turds in a bush,... or was it a bird...
Almost North- June 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm
Can those women also kick Fedor's ass big time? Because if so King Mo would like to know them.
Ballkick- June 17, 2010 at 3:26 pm
Wow! if Stephanie Frausto can get a Bellator fight contract, I know 10 women here in Canada that could kick her ass big time,......without any ground game to speak of. Pathetic!,......................absolutely pathetic. JMO.
El Guapo- June 17, 2010 at 3:16 pm
Who or what is a J.A. Richardson??
Swedish- June 17, 2010 at 3:13 pm

I've met Dan a few times and I know why. Back in the day he opted to be stupid and sign with bodog instead of joining TUF house. It was a money thing and a short sighted approach to his career.

Dan ended up pissing off the UFC brass and then he lost to Mike Pyle which is a UFC washout.

Basically he made a stupid decision which still haunts him. Miguel Torres and Dan came from the same area, fighting out of Hammond Indiana. Torres went to the WEC and made bank, Dan went to Bodog and got hosed.
ReX13- June 17, 2010 at 3:06 pm
Actually, i was hoping Mofo and Face7biter could tell about Good's injury. Haven't been able to find out much from the interwebs, but that is why he hasn't had a Superfight this season.
KidDinomite- June 17, 2010 at 2:53 pm

That and he fights at American Top Team. What is the UFC thinking?
KidDinomite- June 17, 2010 at 2:51 pm
How come Lyman Good hasn't fought since he won the championship? Come to think of it, I've never seen any of his fights. Bellator should have made a superfight like they did with the other champs.

Hornbuckle has this. He's been a growing favorite of mine since he debuted. This is a future champ in the making. Don't know how it'll go down between him and Good but it should be a good matchup.... pun intended.
cecils_pupils- June 17, 2010 at 2:49 pm
How is it that Hornbuckle has a 21-2 record and hasn't been signed by the UFC? Anyone?
Mofo- June 17, 2010 at 2:32 pm
Lyman for da muffuckin win. Bitchez. He's been my teacher for 4 years.

@Facebiter - Weird! Small effin world. I'm here to post the same thing you just did. What's yer name? We probly hit eachother in the face routinely.

@Burrito hotpocket - Ha! Enemy Mine. Good call.

Why is Jason Stratham looking at Askren like he's a drooling tard? I mean he IS, but still...

indiana- June 17, 2010 at 2:21 pm
Askren is the fifth Dalton brother.
Too bad Hornbuckle's groundgame and standup are better.
fACE7biter- June 17, 2010 at 2:01 pm
Whoever wins, they will lose to Lyman Good. I'm not saying that because he's my BJJ instructor, or because I'm heading to class right now. I say that because both of these guys look like Tekken characters.

On another note, I really hope Bellator becomes the #2 company in MMA. Far more classy and consistent then Strikeforce.
google- June 17, 2010 at 1:56 pm
How the fuck did they get jason statham at the weigh in?
ReX13- June 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm
Lisa Ward and John Orr both have (small) wiki entries.


Yeah, i'd definitely lay a 20 down on "Big" John.

As for the welterweight final, i don't see anyway for Askren to win it. Standing he gets head kicked to Gonoville. He'll take it to the ground, because that's all he knows how to do, but his jits is nowhere near good enough to threaten The Handler.

Hornbuckle via triangle, 3:49 of round 2. War whoops and wife hugs ensue.
El Famous Burrito- June 17, 2010 at 1:45 pm
Shit, -1500 is almost worth opening a Bodog account just to lay down a 5 dollar bet. What heavyweight does Bellator have that is that much of a sure thing?

ReX13, you're the Bellator expert here.
Almost North- June 17, 2010 at 1:40 pm
This fight was cancelled when Ben Askren's ego and chin both failed to make weight.
El Famous Burrito- June 17, 2010 at 1:40 pm
That is one kick-ass tattoo of Jerry from Enemy Mine!


Or possibly a Weequay's O-Face