Bellator 63 comes to the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. this weekend and will start another tournament—this time in the welterweight division.

The tournament was supposed to feature the much-anticipated return of War Machine to the cage, but due to his jail sentence, he was removed from his quarterfinal bout with Karl Amoussou.

Instead, the big name in the tournament is ex-UFC veteran, Ben Saunders who lost his last time out at Bellator 57 when he was brutally knocked out by Douglas Lima.

This time around, Saunders will have to make it through a field that includes Bryan Baker (16-3), Jordan Smith (17-2-1), David Rickels (8-0) and Chris Lozano (9-2), who is also coming off a knockout loss to Lima.

Bellator 63 will begin with the undercard on, which airs live at 7 p.m. ET and after the main card at 10 p.m. The main card will begin at 8 p.m. airing live on MTV2.

WW Tournament Quarterfinals: Karl Amoussou (13-4-2) vs. Chris Lozano (9-2)

Karl Amoussou (R) connects with a head kick (Sherdog)

Lozano possesses a good skill set. The former D-I wrestler also has a good standup game. Out of his nine professional wins, seven have come by form of knockout. The downside for Lozano is that he might not have what it takes to make it through the tournament format.

This will be Lozano’s third shot in the welterweight tournament and has a combined record of 1-2 in his last two attempts. He was knocked out by Lima at Bellator 53 in the semifinals back in October.

Amoussou doesn’t possess that much danger, but his judo background could even out Lozano’s wrestling. If Amoussou does go with the ground game plan, he will need to do his best to avoid being strong-armed and swept onto his back.

Lozano has some serious power, as his record proves, and will get his eighth knockout in the third round of this fight.

WW Tournament Quarterfinals: Raul Amaya (9-0) vs. Ben Saunders (12-4-2)

Ben Saunders (L) battles against Douglas Lima (Sherdog)

Saunders may be a UFC vet, but Amaya does pose an interesting task for his quarterfinal fight.

Amaya is 9-0 with all nine victories coming by a finish. Four knockouts and five submissions make for a dangerous fighter.

On top of being a UFC vet, Saunders participated in the last Bellator welterweight tournament and was only one fight away from getting his shot at the belt. Unfortunately he ran into Lima and lost his shot.

Saunders has a ton of experience and knows what it will take to win this tournament. He possesses solid striking and a very capable ground game to beat Amaya.

Watch for Saunders to get the third-round TKO victory.

WW Tournament Quarterfinals: Jordan Smith (17-2) vs. David Rickels (9-0)

Jordan Smith (R) lands a right hand (Sherdog)

A former member of the light heavyweight weight class, Smith will try to make a run at welterweight starting with Rickels. Smith was a replacement for Brian Foster in the tournament.

Smith is a finisher with 14 of his 17 wins coming by knockout or submission.

Rickels has decent standup, but his six victories coming in the submission game could end up being the key to victory.

Unfortunately for Rickels though, he has a tough opening fight in the tournament. Smith will get the TKO victory in the second round.

WW Tournament Quarterfinals: Carlos Pereira (33-9-1) vs. Bryan Baker (16-3)

Carlos Pereira (top) looks for a submission (Sherdog)

Out of Pereira’s 33 wins, 22 come by knockout. His striking is good, but not fighting in his home country of Brazil could hurt him. The experience is there for Pereira with 43 professional bouts, but the change to the United States could prove a tough change for him.

As for Baker, the experience is there for him as well. Baker has twice fought in the Bellator middleweight tournament and come up short both times. He is 3-2 in the tournament and has made at least the semi-finals in both appearances.

Baker now drops to welterweight after getting TKO’d by Vitor Vianna in October. Baker has dangerous hands with eight knockouts under his belt and won’t fall in the first round of the welterweight tournament.

Look for Baker to take the unanimous decision victory.

Preliminary Card

HW: Randy Smith (14-10-1) vs. Parker Porter (5-3)

Smith is 3-5-1 in his last nine bouts dating back to May of 2010. Porter, on the other hand, is 1-2 in his last three fights. He lost to Gabriel Gonzaga by submission in his last fight and also lost to Jon Jones in his third professional fight. Porter for the win.

165-pound Catchweight: Marc Stevens (14-6) vs. Ryan Quinn (6-3-1)

Quinn is coming off of a loss in his last fight, but overall he is 3-0 in Bellator. This will be Stevens’ first fight in Bellator, but he has previously fought John Cholish in Strikeforce. Stevens by way of knockout.

LW: Saul Almedia (12-1) vs. Matt Bessette (7-3)

Almeida really could use a finish in this fight as he has 10 decision victories under his belt. Bessette can give him a run for his money though with his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from the ground, which could make Almeida more aggressive. Almeida will win by decision.

WW: Tiawan Howard (9-8) vs. Andrey Koreshkov (8-0)

It seems like Koreshkov is just getting fed Howard to pad his 8-0 record and remain unbeaten. Howard is 4-6 in his last 10 fights but knows how to finish fights. Unfortunately for Howard, so does Koreshkov. Koreshkov by second-round knockout.

MW: Jeff Nader (5-4) vs. Dan Cramer (7-3)

Cramer is another guy on this card who can really use a finish victory. Out of his seven wins, he owns six decision victories. Last time out, Cramer dominated Nader for most of the bout before Nader pulled off the comeback knockout victory in the third round. This time around, Nader won’t be so lucky.

Women’s Flyweight: Munah Holland (3-1) vs. Marianna Kheyfets (5-0)

We have our first women’s bout in season six of Bellator on the undercard. Both fighters have beaten Kim Couture and Marissa Caldwell. They both can win the fight on the ground. I’ll take Kheyfets to keep her spotless record intact.

FW: Brandon Fleming (0-0) vs. Pete Rogers (0-0)

Good opportunity for both fighters to get their first win in a promotion like Bellator. Fleming is young—21-years-old. Look for both fighters to make the most of the exposure.

Top Photo: Bryan Baker (R) throws a kick (Sherdog)

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Sal DeRose
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Sal hails from New Jersey and is currently training for his first MMA fight. He hopes to use his knowledge and insight to generate articles that interest and entertain you. Outside of MMA, Sal is a big fan of every other sport. He's a diehard New York sports fan, with the exception of cheering for the Packers.