Bellator returned north of the border to the Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino in Windsor Ontario, Canada to host Bellator 64. In the main event, Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren put his belt on the line against Douglas Lima. Also, a trio of tournament bouts rounded out the card, as featherweights Marlon Sandro and Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra went to battle, along with Masakatsu Ueda vs. Travis Marx and Hiroshi Nakamura taking on Rodrigo Lima.

The main card aired live on MTV2, with the preliminary bouts shown on Spike.com.

Askren Dominates Lima

The main event was as dominating as can be, as Ben Askren retained his Bellator welterweight championship by unanimous decision.

Lima wanted to strike, but Askren wanted to wrestle early. It was no question what the strategies of both men were, and Askren completed his goal by taking Lima down in the opening round. Lima scrambled out though, but against Askren, it’s hard to do and the wrestler ended up back on top. Lima continuously looked for submission attempts, but the experienced ground fighter Askren smartly transitioned to avoid them, and landed shots from the top until the bell sounded.

At the start of round two, Askren utilized a trip that put Lima on his back once more. Askren duplicated what he did in round one by staying on top, landed multiple punches, and not did allow Lima to do anything while on the bottom.

Once again, the former collegiate wrestler Askren pulled Lima to the ground, making it his third takedown of the fight. Askren remained on top, dominating Lima, and almost locked in a choke. After it was unsuccessful, Lima got a chance to gain points on the feet, but after three rounds of Askren laying on him, Lima was very fatigued.

Lima tried to stop a takedown in the fourth round, but he was no match for the talented Askren. Lima attempted a weak armbar late in the round, but the smooth Askren avoided it with ease.

This may be the best performance of Askren’s career, as he continued his dominance over a very tough fighter in Lima into round five, not slowing down a bit.

Askren retained his belt by unanimous decision.

Sandro Edges Past “Popo”

In the lone featherweight tournament fight of the night, Marlon Sandro advanced in the featherweight tourney with a split decision win over Alexandre Bezerra.

The Brazilians exchanged lightly at first, dissecting their game plans on how to attack on the feet. The younger Bezerra shot in for a takedown, but the veteran Sandro stuffed it, and continued to strike with his hands and legs. Due to more strikes landed and cage control, Sandro took round one.

Bezerra was able to get off more strikes in the second round, but Sandro still won the standing exchanges. Much respect was given from both men, which made them cautious when attacking. Not a whole lot of excitement in the round, but Sandro still appeared to be winning the bout.

“Popo” came out quickly in the final round, taking the fight to the ground, but Sandro took the top. After a stand-up, Bezerra landed his best punch of the night that startled Sandro. Bezerra didn’t capitalize off it; however, and didn’t throw many combinations off his strikes. Bezerra won the third round, but due to him not opening up in the first two, cost him the fight.

One judge had Bezerra winning the fight, but Sandro was awarded the win by split decision.

Marx Advances to Bantamweight Semifinals with Win Over Ueda

In a bantamweight tournament fight, Travis Marx defeated Masakatsu Ueda by unanimous decision.

The two bantamweights felt each other out early on, but Marx utilized his wrestling ability and slammed his opponent to the mat. Once Ueda was able to get to his feet, the two went toe-to-toe the remainder of round, making this a close fight.

After a kick was caught by Ueda, Marx was on his back with the Japanese fighter on top. But the strength of Marx powered him out, and actually allowed him to gain top position. However, Marx was not able to grapple all that much to try to submit Ueda, and gave Ueda the chance to reverse the position and get back to his feet. After 10 seconds of stand-up exchange, round two concluded.

In the final round, both fighters remained on the feet, until Ueda attacked aggressively with a takedown. Ueda then transitioned nicely, looking to gain points while working on the ground. Marx was able to escape once again, pitting both men on their feet. Marx did more damage in the fight, which gave him the decision nod.

Marx moves on to the semifinals by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

Nakamura Earns Decision Over Rodrigo Lima

The opening bout on MTV2 featured the first bantamweight quarterfinal fight of the night, as Hiroshi Nakamura earned a decision win over Rodrigo Lima.

Both men came out quickly looking to exchange, when Nakamura got a takedown in the opening seconds. Lima threw his legs up hoping to lock up a submission hold, but Nakamura stayed in the guard of Lima trying to grind the Brazilian out. Lima stayed active on his back, and eventually transitioned up to his feet. After a low blow by Lima, the two bantamweights went back to work on the feet until the first round ended.

The opening round could have gone to either fighter, but after another illegal knee by Lima, he was deducted one point that cost him in this closely contested bout. Nakamura went back to work on the ground, but Lima still continued to be the more active fighter. Another very close round as both fighters battled on the ground for the majority of the round.

After two very close rounds, round three would decide it all. Nakamura used his same strategy and pressed his opponent against the cage, and took Lima down. The Brazilian once again tried many submission attempts, but Nakamura stayed out of harms way. Another difficult round to score.

The judges felt that the takedowns and top positions Nakamura had sealed the deal, and was awarded the decision win.

Main Card Results

Ben Askren def. Douglas Lima by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)

Marlon Sandro def. Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Travis Marx def. Masakatsu Ueda by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Hiroshi Nakamura def. Rodrigo Lima by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

Preliminary Card Results

Elias Theodorou def. Rich Lictawa by TKO (eye injury). Round 3, 0:33

Kyle Prepolec def. Lance Snow by submission (armbar). Round 1, 2:54

Chad Laprise def. Josh Taveirne by submission (triangle choke). Round 1, 2:48

Mike Richman def. Chris Horodecki by knockout (punches). Round 1, 1:23

Nordine Taleb def. Matt Secor by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-24)

Jason Fischer def. Taylor Solomon by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 3, 4:59

Photo: Welterweight champion Ben Askren (R) squares off with Douglas Lima (Bellator)

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