After last week’s debacle in which Eric Prindle failed to get medical clearance due to illness, it appeared as if we would finally get to see the ending to the heavyweight tournament at Bellator 62. However, that was only the beginning of the issues as Brazilian Thiago Santos came in 12 pounds over the 265-pound limit at weigh-ins and Prindle was handed the tournament crown and a title shot against Cole Konrad.

With that distraction out of the way, the promotion’s season-six lightweight tournament will kick off Friday in Laredo, Texas.

Current tournament participant, Patricky “Pitbull” Freire, wants another go around in the tournament after being bounced in the finals by current Bellator lightweight champ, Michael Chandler during season four. Freire faces off against Lloyd Woodard.

On the undercard a very familiar name in Rad Martinez will be getting his second fight in Bellator when he faces Douglas Frey.

Preliminary card action will begin on at 7 p.m. ET, while the main card will start at 8 p.m. ET on MTV2. The event takes place from inside the Laredo Energy Arena.

LW Tournament Quarterfinals: Patricky Freire (10-2) vs. Lloyd Woodard (11-1)

Lloyd Woodard (Sherdog)

In season four, Freire knocked out multiple fighters on the way to the finals. Unfortunately for Freire, Chandler was the better fighter that night and would go on to take the belt from Eddie Alvarez.

Freire is getting a second shot here after an impressive TKO victory over Kurt Pellegrino at Bellator 59.

Woodard and his moustache also have some solid striking to help counter Freire. Woodard is used to getting the finish on the ground with three TKO victories and one submission due to punches.

You can’t sleep on Woodard, but Freire is too good to pass up and is a good bet to make his way back to the finals. Freire will secure a third-round knockout win.

LW Tournament Quarterfinals: Rick Hawn (11-1) vs. Ricardo Tirloni (14-1)

Rick Hawn (Sherdog)

Former Olympian and Bellator season four welterweight, Rick Hawn, makes his debut at 155 pounds against Ricardo Tirloni.

Hawn is a judo expert, but even with that pedigree Hawn has finished seven opponents via knockout. Hawn is another favorite to win the tournament.

At welterweight, Hawn was able to get to the tournament finals before dropping a split decision to Jay Hieron.

Tirloni is dangerous though. The Brazilian is dangerous both on the feet and on the ground with 12 stoppages to his credit (seven by submission, five by knockout). His only loss? Against a man named Benson Henderson who is better known as the current UFC lightweight champion.

It’s going to be a tough fight for both fighters, but Hawn will edge out the unanimous decision victory.

LW Tournament Quarterfinals: Brent Weedman (18-7-1) vs. J.J. Ambrose (17-3, 1 NC)

Brent Weedman (L) (Sherdog)

Another former welterweight tournament participant, Weedman comes down to lightweight with an impressive amount of stoppages under his belt.

Weedman holds 17 stoppages with 10 by way of knockout and seven by submission.

I wouldn’t sleep on Ambrose though who could possibly have the best striking in the tournament. Ambrose is a Muay Thai specialist, but also is also a choke submission connoisseur. Ambrose holds 13 wins via stoppage with nine coming by submission.

Of those nine by submission, seven are by some sort of choke.

Look for Ambrose to get the upset victory and secure his tournament win in the third-round by rear-naked choke.

LW Tournament Quarterfinals: Rene Nazare (10-1) vs. Thiago Michel (9-2)

Rene Nazare (top) (Sherdog)

Nazare is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and has some average striking to boot. Nazare is coming off of a unanimous decision loss at Bellator 54 against Jacob Kirwan which I’m sure will give Michel an idea of how to beat him.

For Nazare the fight is simple, get Michel to the ground and work submissions all day.

Michel has a distinct advantage in the striking department where he has knocked out nine opponents for all nine of his wins.

If Michel can keep Nazare at bay, or get Nazare to the ground and be careful and vigilant of submission attacks, he can work some nice strikes to end Nazare’s night early.

Michel will get the second-round TKO victory.

Preliminary Card

WW: Sonny Luque (1-2) vs. Luis Vega (7-2)

Vega is coming off of a knockout victory over Johnny Garcia earlier this month so it will be interesting to see if he fatigues quickly. Luque is coming off of a split decision win for the first victory of his career. Look for Vega to win the fight.

FW: Douglas Frey (10-7) vs. Rad Martinez (11-2)

Martinez has become a big name since ESPN did a piece on him and his father’s situation. He could be part of a big plan for Bellator and should get the decision victory over Frey who is 2-4 in his last six fights.

WW: Joseph Daily (4-2) vs. Sean Spencer (7-1)

Spencer is 7-1 with four of his wins coming by decision while Daily has four stoppage victories with all of them coming in the first two rounds. Expect Spencer to get the unanimous decision victory.

FW: Steven Peterson (6-1) vs. Chris Jones (0-0)

Peterson is a nice young prospect at 21 years old and already has seven fights to his name since turning pro in 2010. Of those six victories he holds, four have come by stoppage and he submitted Steve Garcia in the first round in his last fight. Jones gets his pro MMA debut, but doesn’t get the victory.

LW: Jacob Kirwan (9-3) vs. Dave Jansen (16-2)

Jansen’s only two career losses have come against Ricardo Lamas and Kamal Shalrous—both during his WEC tenure. Since those two losses in 2010, Jansen has racked up two straight victories in Bellator and both have been stoppages within the first two rounds.

Kirwan though is a tough opponent with five victories by submission and most recently beat current season-six lightweight tournament participant, Rene Nazare, at Bellator 54 back in October.

Jansen is the pick to get the win, but this could be a very close match between the two.

Top Photo: Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (L) (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.