Bellator welterweight semifinalist Brent Weedman has been forced to withdraw from the Season 8 tournament due to injury and will be replaced by Bryan Baker at Bellator 90.

Bellator officials recently announced the news, revealing that Baker will square off with Douglas Lima at the Feb. 21 event, which takes place at Maverik Center in Salt Lake City.

Ben Saunders will lock horns with Raul Amaya in the evening’s other semifinal, while Rad Martinez will meet Shabulat Shamhalaev in the main event to decide the Season 7 featherweight tournament winner. The show’s main card airs live on Spike TV and will also see Muhammed Lawal face Emanuel Newton in a light heavyweight semifinal.

Baker, 27, previously competed as a middleweight, coming up short in two tournaments before making the cut to 170 pounds and entering the Season 6 welterweight draw. After outpointing Carlos Alexandre Pereira and Ben Saunders, “The Beast” ran into explosive Frenchman Karl Amoussou in the finals, succumbing to a slick first-round heel hook.

Lima, 25, has won 11 of his last 12 fights, capturing the Season 5 tournament crown by besting Steve Carl, Chris Lozano and Saunders. Though “The Phenom” would stumble in his title shot against Ben Askren, the American Top Team Atlanta rep rebounded with a pair of victories, knocking out an overmatched Jacob Ortiz this past November before stopping Michail Tsarev with leg kicks last month in the Season 8 quarterfinals.

Saunders, meanwhile, advanced to the Season 8 semis by taking a unanimous decision from Koffi Adzitso in the round of eight. “Killa B” previously faced Amaya in the Season 6 quarters, taking a unanimous decision over “Smash Mode” before dropping a decision to Baker in the semis. A seven-time UFC veteran, “Killa B” has stopped 12 of his 15 victims and has yet to be submitted in nearly nine years as a pro.

Amaya has competed twice since falling to Saunders in Season 6, taking out Kenny Moss this past July and then returning to the cage on Jan. 24 to finish Jose de Ribamar Machado Gomes in the opening round of Season 8. The exciting conclusion to that three-minute slugfest resulted in the fifth career knockout victory for Amaya, who also owns six wins via submission.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Douglas Lima Looking to Finish Paul Daley in Bellator 158 Main Event

  • 10 days ago
  • 23 views

Douglas Lima stepped in for an injured Josh Koscheck to face Paul Daley in the Bellator 158 main event and plans on finishing the Englishman in London. read news >>

Demetrious Johnson Withdraws from Fight with Wilson Reis at UFC 201 with Injury

  • 17 days ago
  • 10 views

Demetrious Johnson has reportedly been forced to withdraw from his title fight against Wilson Reis at UFC 201 due to an injury, according to MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani. The two were scheduled to co read news >>

Injury Removes Demetrious Johnson vs. Wilson Reis from UFC 201

  • 17 days ago
  • 10 views

An undisclosed injury to Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson has forced his next title defense off of the UFC 201 fight card. read news >>

James Gallagher Predicts a Finish of Mike Cutting at Bellator 158

  • 12 days ago
  • 6 views

James Gallagher predicts that he'll finish Mike Cutting in their Bellator MMA 158 featherweight bout on July 16 at O2 Arena in London. read news >>

Michael Page Looking To ‘Leave a Mark’ at Bellator 158 in London

  • 12 days ago
  • 27 views

Undefeated Bellator MMA welterweight contender Michael "Venom" Page puts his unbeaten streak on the line at Bellator 158 against Evangelista Santos in London. read news >>

Bellator 158: Daley vs. Lima Fight Card, TV Info, Predictions and More

  • 11 days ago
  • 32 views

Bellator MMA takes London on Saturday from The O2 Arena. A crucial welterweight bout tops the Bellator 158 card as Paul Daley takes on Douglas Lima. The 170-pound division will again be on the displa read news >>

Bellator 158: Daley vs. Lima Fight Card, TV Info, Predictions and More

  • 11 days ago
  • 18 views

Bellator MMA takes London on Saturday from The O2 Arena. A crucial welterweight bout tops the Bellator 158 card as Paul Daley takes on Douglas Lima. The 170-pound division will again be on the displa read news >>

Paul Daley on Bellator 158 Douglas Lima Bout: ‘I Have to Knock Him Out’

  • 11 days ago
  • 12 views

Paul "Semtex" Daley faces Douglas Lima in the Bellator 158 main event at the O2 Arena on London on July 16 an plans to score a knockout. read news >>

WSOF Signs UFC and Bellator Veteran Paul Bradley

  • 11 days ago
  • 6 views

World Series of Fighting announced on Thursday that it has signed UFC and Bellator veteran Paul Bradley. read news >>