Bellator returned to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., to host yet another season-six tournament. This week, some of the best welterweights in the world were in action with their eyes focused on the Bellator 170-pound title. In the main event, Chris Lozano and Karl Amoussou added to their dispute at the weigh-ins the day before by putting on a great fight for the fans.

A total of four tournament fights made up the main card, which aired on MTV2 and Epix. The preliminary card offered action-packed fights as well, and were broadcast on Spike.com.

Amoussou Submits Lozano

In the main event of the evening, Karl Amoussou was able to overcome the gritty Chris Lozano by submitting him in the opening round to advance to the welterweight tournament semifinals.

Both men showed their respect for one another’s game in the opening two minutes, but finally Lozano landed a straight punch that put him on top of his opponent. However, Amoussou executed a nice sweep to allow him to take control on the ground. From there, he took the back of Lozano, flattened him out, and locked up a rear-naked choke that forced Lozano to tap.

The submission came at 2:05 of the first round for the victor, Karl Amoussou.

Baker Edges Out Pereira

The next welterweight to enter the semifinals was Bryan “The Beast” Bakers as he was able to win his 170-pound debut against Carlos Pereira.

The Brazilian Pereira possesses an excellent jiu-jitsu game, but had no problem standing with Baker on the feet. In fact, Pereira had the upper hand in striking, throwing many punches and kicks and gained top position once in the round when the fight hit the mat. A close first round, but edge to the Brazilian.

Due to a bigger weight cut, Baker appeared to have slowed down at the midway point of the fight, which in turn, allowed Pereira to slow down a bit as well. Baker was the more aggressive fighter in the round however, and landed more shots in the round. After a grappling exchange in the final seconds, Bakers had evened up the scorecards after two rounds.

Neither man stepped up and took control of the fight in the third round, but Baker did appear to work more in the final round. Instead of the explosive Baker fans usually see, he played it more conservative, just doing enough to win the round. After a late takedown, Baker sealed the victory.

Bakers advances with a split decision win over Pereira.

Rickels Ends Smith’s Night in just 22 Seconds

To say this fight didn’t last long would be a bit of an understatement.

Both men wanted to come out to trade shots, and they did, but Rickels landed a couple of hard shots that put Smith down. After a few more brutal shots against the cage, the referee was forced to stop the bout.

The TKO win for Rickels came at just 22 seconds of the opening round, and will move on in the welterweight tourney.

Saunders Gets Decision Win Over Amaya

To open up the MTV2 main card, UFC veteran Ben “Killa Bee” Saunders returned to the cage to defeat Raul Amaya to earn a spot in the semifinals of the welterweight tournament.

Right from the get go, you could tell how each fighter wanted this fight to go. Saunders opened up with a high kick, but Amaya dodged it and clinched with his opponent against the cage. After a standing kimura attempt by Saunders, he ended up taking top position, then onto the back of Amaya. “Killa Bee” showcased a variety of submission maneuvers, but Amaya was able to escape them.

Amaya went straight forward to start the second round, but wound up in the clinch of Saunders again. Due to a larger body frame, Saunders was able to power Amaya to the ground, but couldn’t capitalize. Amaya shot for a takedown, but Saunders continued to control the ground game, almost submitting Amaya once again. However, Amaya stayed in there, and did damage of his own to make it a close round to call.

When the fight went to the ground again, Saunders was in full mount, but went for a submission rather than throwing down strikes, which ended up costing him. After a scramble, Amaya ended up in full mount, but couldn’t seem to do much damage in the final round. However, Saunders wasn’t going to give up, and flattened out Awaya once again, reigning down punches until the horn sounded.

Amaya showed great defense tonight, but Saunders gets the unanimous decision win.

Main Card Results

Karl Amoussou def. Chris Lozano by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 2:05

Bryan Baker def. Carlos Pereira by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

David Rickels def. Jordan Smith by TKO (punches). Round 1, 0:22

Ben Saunders def. Raul Amaya by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Preliminary Card Results

Ryan Quinn def. Marc Stevens by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Matt Bessette def. Saul Almeida by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Dan Cramer def. Jeff Nader by split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)

Andrey Koreshkov def. Tiawan Howard by knockout (punches). Round 1, 1:26

Munah Holland def. Marianna Kheyfets by knockout (punches). Round 2, 4:45

Brandon Fleming def. Pete Rogers by submission (Peruvian necktie). Round 1, 3:39

Photo: Karl Amoussou (Sherdog)

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