Hornbuckle is 3-2 in Bellator. | Photo: Jeff Sherwood
Bellator Fighting Championships Season 5 welterweight
tournament should go on as planned, as seven of the eight
quarterfinalists hit their contracted weights at Friday’s weigh-in
Each welterweight competitor came in within one pound of the
170-pound allowance, minus young gun Douglas
Lima, who weighed 171.4 on his initial showdown with the scale.
Bellator 49 goes down Saturday from Caesars Hotel and Casino in
Atlantic City, N.J. Lima, who will have an additional two hours to
drop the extra four-tenths of a pound, will lock horns with
three-time Bellator competitor Steve Carl
(171). Lima recently defended the Maximum Fighting Championship
welterweight title against Terry Martin
before signing with Bellator. Only 23 years old, the Brazilian
prospect has won each of his last six fights.
The Chicago-based promotion’s fourth 170-pound draw will also
feature some new blood, as Bellator tournament neophytes Chris
Cisneros (171) and Ben
Saunders (171) collide. While Cisneros has done the majority of
his damage fighting in local Hawaiian promotions, “Killa B” is a
seven-time UFC veteran, holding notable wins over Marcus
Wolff and Ryan
Two-time Bellator competitor Chris
Lozano tipped the scales at 170.5 for his upcoming clash with
Season 4 tournament semifinalist Brent
Weedman, who weighed in at 170. Lozano has only been bested
once in his two years as a professional, losing in the Season 4
quarterfinals to former Bellator champion Lyman Good.
Weedman recently had a 10-fight winning streak snapped when he was
outpointed by eventual tournament winner Jay Hieron at
Bellator 40 in April.
Sengoku Raiden Championship veteran Dan
Hornbuckle weighed in at 170.5 pounds, while his opponent,
Santos, came in at 171 for his sophomore Bellator appearance.
Hornbuckle had won 19 of his last 20 fights before running into
Askren in the final of Bellator’s second-season tournament last
year. The 30-year-old was most recently bounced from the Season 4
tournament by Weedman in March. Santos has 56 pro fights under his
belt, and the Amazon Fights veteran has not lost since 2009.
Lozano (170.5) vs. Brent
Saunders (171) vs. Chris
Santos (171) vs. Dan
Carl (171) vs. Douglas
VanAtrsdalen (144.2) vs. Joel
Karavackas (170.8) vs. LeVon
Bezerra (147) vs. Scott
Jones (149) vs. Lester
Anyanwu (258) vs. J.A. Dudley
* Lima has two hours to make weight.