Dan Hornbuckle is 3-2 in Bellator. | Photo: Jeff Sherwood
The 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 for Bellator 49.
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 Davis, Brandon Wolff and Ryan Thomas.
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, Luis Santos, came in at 171 for his sophomore Bellator appearance. Hornbuckle had won 19 of his last 20 fights before running into Ben 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.
Saturday, Sept. 10
Caesars Hotel and Casino
Atlantic City, N.J.
BFC Season 5 Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinals
Chris Lozano (170.5) vs. Brent Weedman (170)
Ben Saunders (171) vs. Chris Cisneros (171)
Luis Santos (171) vs. Dan Hornbuckle (170.5)
* Steve Carl (171) vs. Douglas Lima (171.4)
Brylan VanAtrsdalen (144.2) vs. Joel Roberts (145.4)
Giedrius Karavackas (170.8) vs. LeVon Maynard (171)
Alexandre Bezerra (147) vs. Scott Heckman (146)
James Jones (149) vs. Lester Caslow (149)
Azunna Anyanwu (258) vs. J.A. Dudley (253.5)
* Lima has two hours to make weight.