Bellator 63 Results – Saunders, Rickels, Baker and Amoussou advance to the semifinals

bellator 63 posterThe Bellator Fighting Championships heads to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut to kick-off the season six welterweight tournament.

The winner of the eight-man tournament will earn a title shot against Bellator’s welterweight champion.

Bellator 63 will be broadcast live on MTV2 and EPIX HD beginning at 8:00pm ET. The fight results will also be posted below following each bout.

Preliminary Card

Marianna Kheyfets vs. Munah Holland
Holland defeated Kheyfets by knockout at 4:45 of the second round. Holland improves to 4-1 as she hands Kheyfets the first loss of his career.

Tiawan Howard vs. Andrey Koreshkov
Koreshkov defeated Howard by knockout at 1:26 of the first round. Koreshkov (9-0) remains undefeated and has yet to have a fight go to a decision.

Jeff Nader vs. Dan Cramer
Carmer defeated Nader by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 27-30). Carmer avenges the knockout loss that he suffered to Nader at Bellator 48 last year.

Saul Almeida vs. Matt Bessette

Marc Stevens vs. Ryan Quinn

Randy Smith vs. Parker Porter

Main Card (Welterweight Quarterfinals)

Ben Saunders vs. Raul Amaya
Saunders defeated Amaya by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27). Saunders advances to the semifinals of the welterweight tournament as he hands Amaya the first loss of his career. Amaya used his wreslting to keep the fight in close quarters against Saunders. However, Saunders would continually threaten with submission attempts throughout the three rounds while also delivering a good dose of punishment on the ground.

David Rickels vs. Jordan Smith
Rickels defeated Smith by technical knockout at just 0:22 seconds into the fight. Rickels wasted no time as he he came straight at Smith behind a series of strikes. Smith was rocked by a right which put him on the retreat as Rickels followed up a flurry of strikes until the referee jumped in to call off the fight.

Bryan Baker vs. Carlos Pereira
Baker defeated Pereira by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28). Baker wins his welterweight debut after dropping down from middleweight but you have to wonder if the weight cut impacted his performance. It was a very close bout fought at a slow pace in which neither fighter could mount any consistent offense.

Chris Lozano vs. Karl Amoussou
Amoussou defeated Lozano by rear-naked choke submission at 2:05 of the first round. Amoussou stalked Lozano with right hand choked and ready to unload. Lozano looked to close the distance but Lozano cracked him with a head kick that busted him open. The action goes to the ground as Lozano landed in Amoussou’s guard. Amoussou swept to top position and began unloading on Lozano who gave up his back to escape. It was to no avail as Amoussou locked on the choke to force the tap. Amoussou advances to the semifinals with the most impressive performance of the evening.