Bellator 53 Results: Saunders, Lima Advance

| by

The Welterweight tournament was narrowed down to two combatants following the outcomes of the bracket match-ups at Bellator 53. The four remaining competitors were Ben Saunders, Douglas Lima, Chris Lozano, and Luis Santos, with Lima being matched up with Lozano and Saunders fighting Santos.

The card also featured the Heavyweight contest of Thiago Santos vs. Josh Burns to determine who will be awarded an alternate position in the Heavyweight tournament and a Featherweight clash between Ronnie Mann and Kenny Foster for an upcoming tourney slot position. The main card was broadcast on the MTV2 and Epix2 networks but there were preliminary bouts as well. The results for the full card are as follows.

Main Card:

Ben Saunders def. Luis Santos by 3rd rd. submission (americana/key lock)

Douglas Lima def. Chris Lozano by 2nd rd. KO

Ronnie Mann def. Kenny Foster by 1st rd. submission (triangle choke)

Thiago Santos def. Josh Burns 1st rd. submission (rear naked choke)

Preliminary Card:

Luis Alberto Nogueira def. Zak Laird 1st rd. submission (Guillotine choke)

David Rickels def. Levi Avera 2nd rd. submission (triangle choke)

Raphael Davis def. Myron Dennis by 2nd rd. KO

A.J. Matthews def. Rudy Bears by unanimous decision

Giva Santana def. Darryl Cobb 1st rd. submission (armbar)

Check out more articles from James Begley at

Get more great MMA news, recaps and analysis over at MMA Valor.