Bellator headed to the Great White North for Bellator 57 from Rama, Ontario on Nov. 12. Douglas Lima landed yet another vicious right hand and knocked Ben Saunders out in the welterweight tournament final. Lima will fight reigning welterweight champion Ben Askren in 2012. In the middleweight tournament final, Alexander Shlemenko put on a three-round striking clinic against the resilient Vitor Vianna. After winning a three-round decision, Shlemenko will rematch middleweight champion Hector Lombard next season. Alexandre Bezerra continued to impress in the cage, as the featherweight survived an early onslaught and submitted Doug Evans with a nasty heel hook in the first round. The prelims saw lightweight Josh Shockley grab a guillotine choke early on in the fight and get the tap just 35 seconds into the fight. Catch the highlights from Casino Rama right here.
A closer look at the first two tournament championship fights of Bellator season 5.
Team pranks reach a new high as Bisping and Tiki execute their master plan against Team Miller. Akiras antics earn him a handful of new enemies. A spot in the Featherweight finale is at stake when Akira faces Dennis in the first Semifinal.
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An infected foot puts Roland's fight future in doubt. Annoyed by TJ's cockiness, Akira and Diego teach him a painful lesson in training. After the last preliminary fight, Dana announces the semifinal matchups.
Bellator 56 from Kansas City, Kansas on Oct. 29 saw undefeated welterweight champion Ben Askren win a close decision in a back and forth five-round fight over MMA veteran and Season 4 tournament winner Jay Hieron. The Season 5 heavyweight semi-finals were one of the fastest tournament rounds in Bellator history, with both ending in less than a minute. Thiago Santos kept his streak of first-round submissions alive, knocking down Neil Grove early on and finishing him with a rear-naked choke. In a battle of two strikers, Eric Prindle dispatched of previously-unbeaten Ron Sparks in 40 seconds with a left hook that put Sparks out. Featherweight Jeremy Spoon kept his perfect record intact and used his superior stand up to outpoint Adam Schindler. Catch the best of best from Memorial Hall right here.
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A closer look at Bellator 56: Askren vs. Hieron, featuring a welterweight title fight and two Season 5 heavyweight semi-final fights.
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