Bellator traveled to Caesars Atlantic City in Atlantic City, N.J., to kick off its eight-man welterweight tournament. All fights on the card were tournament fights, with the main event pitting Chris Lozano against Brent Weedman. The event was televised live on MTV2.

 Lozano fights off Weedman in main event

Both Chris Lozano and Brent Weedman came into this bout saying it would be worthy of fight of the night and they did not disappoint. Lozano got the upper hand in the end, however, by earning a much-deserved decision win.

Shots were fired right from the start with Weedman throwing a right hand that caught Lozano. From that point on, it was back and forth action throughout the entire round.

The second round of this fight was the best five minutes of the entire event. Both men went toe-to-toe and threw leather with each other the entire duration. Once one man looked as if he was about to drop, they would recover and keep landing shots. It appeared Lozano was landing heavier shots, which earned hin the round.

As round three approached, it was either man’s fight to take. Both fighters came out knowing this and fought their hearts out from bell to bell. The round went to Lozano, who was able to control Weedman for most of the stanza by staying on top and doing damage.

Lozano was able to take the hard-earned decision victory by winning every round from the judges. He now moves on to the semifinals.

 Saunders earns TKO over Cisneros; Proves to be a force in the tournament

Former UFC competitor Ben Saunders made his second appearance with Bellator, this time under a tournament format, and was able to advance by earning a TKO over Chris Cisneros.

Saunders exploded in round one by taking Cisneros down and almost submitting him. “Killer Bee” was able to stay on top the majority of the round while inflicting damage on his opponent, but Cisneros did escape near the end of the round.

In the second round, Saunders came in the same way and once again almost submitted Cisneros with a kimura. He does much more damage while in top position the remainder of the round.

By this time, Cisneros is worn down and an onslaught by Saunders put him away. Saunders landed a huge knee to the liver and followed up with punches on the ground to end the fight.

Leg kicks factor into Santos win over Hornbuckle

A veteran of over 50 professional fights, Brazilian Luis Santos was able to advance to the semifinals of the welterweight tournament by defeating Dan Hornbuckle.

Hornbuckle has competed in Bellator numerous times, but this was the Brazilian’s night as he was able to connect on many leg kicks which wore down Hornbuckle.

Hornbuckle just wasn’t able to get much going in this one, which gave Santos chances to connect on his strikes.

The scorecards were announced with Santos earning a 30-27 decision win that advances him in the welterweight tournament.

Lima earns decision in Bellator debut

Canadian-based fighter Douglas Lima made his debut in the Bellator cage on Saturday and took home a unanimous decision win over Steve Carl.

Carl came out with his lands very low, but landed a grazing shot to Lima early in the fight that dropped him. Lima recovered, however, and took top position in Carl’s closed guard. More damage was done by Carl over the course of the round, which earned him the round in one judge’s eyes.

Round two was similar to the first, but Lima was more active in the cage. This factor was able to earn the Brazilian a round.

The final round proved to be Lima’s once again and earned him a unanimous decision victory.

Main Card Results

Chris Lozano def. Brent Weedman by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Ben Saunders def. Chris Cisneros by TKO (strikes). Round 3, 0:29

Luis Santos def. Dan Hornbuckle by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Douglas Lima def. Steve Carl by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Undercard Results

Alexandre Bezerra def. Scott Heckman by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 1:38

Giedrius Karavackas def. LeVon Maynard by TKO (strikes). Round 3, 1:32

Joel Roberts def. Brylan Van Artsdalen by technical submission (triangle choke). Round 2, 1:47

Lester Caslow def. James Jones by TKO (injury). Round 2, 0:15

Azunna Anyanwu def. J.A. Dudley by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 4:16

Photo: Chris Lozano (L) and Brent Weedman (R) (Bellator)