Welterweight Semifinal bout: Ben Saunders def. Luis Santos via Submission (Keylock) – R3 @ 1:45
Welterweight Semifinal bout: Douglas Lima def. Chris Lozano via KO (Punch) – R2 @ 3:14
Featherweight bout: Ronnie Mann def. Kenny Foster via Submission (Triangle Choke) – R1 @ 3:51
Heavyweight bout: Thiago Santos def. Josh Burns via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – R1 @ 2:23
Prelim Card (Spike.com)
Catchweight (157) bout: E.J. Brooks def. Greg Scott via TKO (Punches) – R2 @ 2:40
Middleweight bout: Giva Santana def. Darryl Cobb via Submission (Armbar) – R1 @ 2:00
Catchweight (175) bout A.J. Matthews def. Rudy Bears via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Light heavyweight bout: Raphael Davis def. Myron Dennis via KO (Punch) – R2 @ 0:29
Welterweight bout: David Rickels def. Levi Avera Submission (Triangle Choke) – R1 @1:02
Catchweight (140) bout: Luis Nogueira def. Zak Laird via Submission (Guillotine Choke) – R1 @ 0:51
Bellator has shown a nearly uncanny ability to generate tremendous action, show after show. 53 was no exception, as seen when Douglas Lima knocks out Chris Lozano last night.
Bellator 53 comes to us on Saturday night from the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. The main card features the semi-final round of the season five welterweight tournament. The preliminary card the will be streamed live on Spike.com beginning at 7:00PM eastern time. The main card follows at 9:00PM and will be broadcast live on MTV2.
All four welterweight tournament semifinalists hit their marks at Friday's Bellator 53 weigh-ins, taking them one step closer to challenging for the promotion's 170-pound title.
UFC veteran Ben Saunders tipped the scales at 170.5 pounds for his second-stage clash with experienced Brazilian Luis Santos, who also weighed in at 170.5. Meanwhile, once-beaten Chris Lozano checked in at 169.75 for his meeting with former MFC champion Douglas Lima, who weighed 170.5 pounds.
Going down Saturday from the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla., Bellator 53 will also feature a featherweight tournament qualifier between Kenny Foster (146) and Ronnie Mann (145.75). Additionally, the main draw -- which airs on MTV2 and EPIX -- will showcase a heavyweight tournament alternate bout pitting Thiago Santos (263.5) against Josh Burns (262.5).
Ben Saunders (170.5) vs. Luis Santos (170.5)
Chris Lozano (169.75) vs. Douglas Lima (170.5)
Ronnie Mann (145.75) vs. Kenny Foster (146)
Thiago Santos (263.5) vs. Josh Burns (262.5)
Darryl Cobb (185) vs. Giva Santana (185.5)
A.J. Matthews (175) vs. Rudy Bears (174)
Raphael Davis (206) vs. Myron Dennis (204.5)
Emanuel Brooks (*160.5) vs. Greg Scott (157)
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