After a week away Bellator returns to action this weekend with two tournament finals headlining Bellator 57. Title shots are on the line as new tournament champions will be crowned in the welterweight and middleweight divisions.
In the middleweight tournament, Alexander Shlemenko looks to earn another shot at Hector Lombard but he’ll have to get past Vitor Vianna fight. The loss to Lombard at Bellator 34 was for the Bellator middleweight title, it’s the only blemish on Shlemenko’s record in his last 12 bouts. Vianna is no slouch though, having only lost once five years ago to Thiago Alves.
The night’s main event is the welterweight tournament final between Douglas Lima and Ben Saunders. The former MFC champion (Lima) is riding a wave of hype and an eight fight winning streak into his bout with the former UFC fighter Saunders. The Ultimate Fighter season six contestant is 4-0 since being released from the UFC, which includes three wins with Bellator.
The four fighters in the finals do not typically let fight goes the distance so as the often used saying goes, DON’T BLINK.
MAIN CARD (MTV2)
170 lbs. Tournament Final: Douglas Lima will defeat Ben Saunders
185 lbs. Tournament Final: Alexander Shlemenko will defeat Vitor Vianna
205 lbs.: Roger Hollett will defeat John Hawk
155 lbs.: Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra will defeat Doug Evans
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com)
155 lbs.: Chris Horodecki will defeat Mike Corey
135 lbs.: Chuck Mady will defeat Denis Puric
155 lbs.: Josh Shockley will defeat Eric Moon
155 lbs.: Dave Jansen will defeat Ashkar Morvari
155 lbs.: Mike Sledzion will defeat Taylor Solomon
205 lbs.: Matt Van Buren will defeat Shawn Levesque