The long awaited Bellator MMA Welterweight Tournament Final between Ben Saunders and Douglas Lima will take place live on Spike, Friday, September 20th from Phoenix’s Grand Canyon University Arena. The night will also feature the opening round of the Bellator’s highly anticipated Fall Welterweight Tournament.
Due to a broken hand suffered in training, Douglas Lima (24-6) will no longer be fighting at Bellator 93 on March 23 in the finals of Bellator’s Season 8 Welterweight Tournament. Lima was set to face fellow finalist Ben Saunders (16-5-2) for the $100,000 grand prize and a shot at the 170-pound title currently held by Ben Askren.
The Bellator 90 event that took place on Thursday night was full of action and exciting knockouts. However, the biggest news coming out of the event was “King Mo” Lawal’s knockout loss to Emanuel Newton. Lawal was the tournament favorite but overconfidence and a huge spinning backfist broke Lawal down like a sack of rocks.
Bellator 86 takes place this evening from the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla. Ben Askren puts his welterweight title on the line against Karl “Psycho” Amoussou. In addition to the title fight there are five tournament bouts on the card including the Bellator debut of King Mo.
The first prelim fight kicks off at 8 p.m. ET and will stream live on Spike.com. The televised portion of the night will begin at 10 p.m. ET and will air live on Spike TV.