O Caesars Hotel e Casino, em Atlantic City, Nova Jersey, recebeu o Bellator 49, e não faltou emoção nas quatro disputas pelas quartas-de-final do GP dos meio-médios, e nas cinco lutas casadas.
The Caesars Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, was the setting for Bellator 49, where there was excitement to spare in the five superfights and four light heavyweight GP quarterfinal fights featured on the evening.
In the Las Vegas of the east, Luis Sapo and Douglas Lima broke the bank and got their tickets to the light heavyweight GP semifinals. Sapo, a native of the Brazilian state of Paraná, outdid Dan Hornbuckle throughout their three-round encounter, taking the unanimous decision and bringing his career win record to 50, according to our collaborator Junior Samurai.
Now Douglas Lima went through to the next stage with a unanimous decision of his own, against Steve Carl. The two Brazilians join former UFC fighter Ben Saunders, who dispatched Chris Cisneros with potent knees, and Chris Lozano, who overcame Brent Weedman by unanimous decision.
Nicknamed after Brazilian star pugilist Acelino “Popó” Freitas, Alexandre “Popó” Bezerra had only ever won by submission in the cage, but this time he lived up to his moniker and used his fists to pummel Scott Heckman into a technical knockout 1:38 minutes into the second round.
Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
September 10, 2011
Light heavyweight GP
Douglas Lima defeated Steve Carl via unanimous decision;
Luis “Sapo” Santos defeated Dan Hornbuckle via unanimous decision;
Ben Saunders defeated Chris Cisneros via technical knockout in R3;
Chris Lozano defeated Brent Weedman via unanimous decision.
Alexandre “Popó” Bezerra defeated Scott Heckman via technical knockout in R2;
Giedrius Karavackas defeated LeVon Maynard via technical knockout in R3;
Joel Roberts submitted Brylan Van Artsdalen via triangle in R2;
Lester Caslow defeated James Jones via technical knockout in R2;
Azunna Anyanwu defeated J.A. Dudley in R2.