Bellator MMA LogoThe Toughest Tournament in Sports continues from Phoenix’s Grand Canyon University Arena on Friday, September 20 live on Spike TV. The Bellator MMA Welterweight Tournament Final between Ben Saunders and Douglas Lima will take place along with the opening rounds of the Fall Welterweight Tournament and a full card of Phoenix’s top-talent.

After making his Bellator debut in July and defeating Mike Barreras with a second-round knockout, Bubba Jenkins will return to the cage and face LaRue Burley. A former NCAA wrestling champion and known for his dominating ground game, Jenkins holds a 4-0 professional record and has won three of his four fights by first round submission.

The night will also feature a battle between fan favorite Efrain Escudero and Zach Surdyka.  Although Surdyka has posted only one professional loss, he will have to hold off the seasoned Escudero, who has recorded 12 submission victories in his 19 professional wins.

The preliminary card will be streamed live and free on

The full fight card is listed below.


-Bellator Welterweight Tournament Final: Ben Saunders (16-5) vs. Douglas Lima (24-5)
-Bellator Welterweight Tournament Opening Round: Sergio Junior (29-11) vs. Matt Riddle (7-3)
-Bellator Welterweight Tournament Opening Round: Mark Scanlon (9-2) vs. Herman Terrado (11-2)
-Bellator Welterweight Tournament Opening Round: Justin Baesman (14-3) vs. Brent Weedman (21-8-1)
-Bellator Welterweight Tournament Opening Round: Vaughn Anderson (16-1-1) vs. War Machine (13-4)


-Featherweight Feature Fight:  LaRue Burley (2-0) vs. Bubba Jenkins (4-0)
-Heavyweight Feature Fight: Dan Charles (6-0) vs. Mighty Mo (3-2)
-Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Liam McGeary (4-0) vs. Beau Tribolet (7-2)
-Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Clifford Starks (8-2) vs. Joe Yager (5-2)
-Welterweight Feature Fight: Johnny Buck (12-8) vs. Adam McDonough (8-0)
-Bantamweight Feature Fight: Brandon Bender (11-0) vs. Travis Marx (20-4)
-Lightweight Feature Fight: Zack Surdyka (5-1) vs. Efrain Escudero (19-7)

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