Bryan Baker at WEC 31After nearly capturing his first Bellator MMA Welterweight Tournament crown, “The Beast” Bryan Baker will get another shot at glory when he replaces an injured Brent Weedman in the Season 8 Bellator MMA Welterweight Tournament at Bellator 90 on Feb. 21 from Utah’s Maverik Center live on Spike TV.

Baker will face “The Phenom” Douglas Lima, while Ben “Killa B’ Saunders takes on fellow Florida native Raul Amaya for a spot in the Welterweight Tournament Finals.

Only 27, Baker brings a wealth of experience to the cage, compiling an 18-4 record in his impressive career including victories over Ben Saunders, Jeremy Horn, Joe Riggs and Matt Horwich. Already a veteran of The Toughest Tournament in Sports, “The Beast” is fully aware of what’s at stake.

“When I got the call, I was ready to rock & roll,” Baker said. “I look at this opportunity as an absolute blessing. With our new child in the picture, this is an opportunity to make my family proud, show everyone what I’ve been working on, and let The Beast go at it like he always does. Douglas is a strong, powerful guy but I’m going to use my reach advantage and show my strength. This is my destiny.”

“You never like to see anyone suffer an injury, especially a quarterfinal winner, but when we learned of Brent’s injury, Bryan was the first guy we had in mind, and like a true professional he jumped at the opportunity,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney.

The night will also feature a $100,000 Featherweight Tournament Finals fight between Utah’s Own Rad Martinez battles the dynamic Russian striker Shahbulat Shamhalaev, while King Mo battles “The Hardcore Kid” Emanuel Newton for a spot in the Light Heavyweight Finals.

Be sure to Like MMAWeekly.com on Facebook and Follow @MMAWeeklycom on Twitter.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related MMA Gear

Related News

Mike Richman injured, Eduardo Dantas fight scrapped from Bellator 135

  • 18 days ago
  • 5 views

Former champion Eduardo Dantas will have to wait a little longer to make his return to the Bellator cage. Mike Richman, who was scheduled to meet the Brazilian fighter at the co-main event of Bellato read news >>

Mike Richman injured, out of Bellator 135 bout with Eduardo Dantas

  • 17 days ago
  • 0 views

Bellator 135’s co-main event has been scrapped following an injury to Mike Richman.Filed under: Bellator, MMA Rumors, News read news >>

Live Chat: Brock Lesnar's MMA legacy, T.J. Dillashaw injured, Bellator 135 and WSOF 19 previews

  • 3 days ago
  • 2 views

This is episode 131 of the Promotional Malpractice Live Chat. There's no UFC event this weekend, but there's plenty of news, notes and discussion topics in the world of mixed martial arts. First and read news >>

Bellator 134 predictions

  • 28 days ago
  • 6 views

The Bellator light heavyweight title is up for grabs as champion Emanuel Newton will look to test out his talents against surging contender Liam McGeary. Many other Brits join the card, including Pau read news >>

Bellator 134 live results and video stream (6:45 p.m. ET)

  • 29 days ago
  • 294 views

Bellator 134 takes place tonight at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and you can join us for live results and a video stream here on MMAjunkie at 6:45 p.m. ET (3:45 p.m. PT).Filed under: Bella read news >>

Bellator 134 results live stream updates

  • 29 days ago
  • 95 views

The Spike TV-televised main card tonight (Sat., Feb. 27, 2015) features Emanuel Newton vs. Liam McGeary, Paul Daley vs. Andre Santos and "King Mo" Lawal moving up to heavyweight to face Cheick Kongo. read news >>

Bellator 134: Liam McGeary 'Winning is what's important. Whatever comes with that is just a by-product'

  • 29 days ago
  • 4 views

Bellator Number 1 light heavyweight contender, Liam McGeary discusses his upcoming title bout with current champion, Emanuel Newton and why the promotion will continue to be his fighting home in the read news >>

Paul Daley Intends to Collect Belts from Bellator and in Kickboxing and Boxing | MMAWeekly.com

  • 29 days ago
  • 0 views

Paul Daley is finally back to fighting for Bellator. He has his eyes on not only a Bellator championship, but on belts in kickboxing and boxing as well. read news >>

Josh Thomson Injured, out of UFC Fight Night 62 Bout with Gilbert Burns

  • 29 days ago
  • 4 views

Josh Thomson has announced he is injured and will not be able to face Gilbert Burns as scheduled in a lightweight bout at UFC Fight Night 62, set to take place March 21 in Brazil. That's according to read news >>