Following the great action of the featherweight and middleweight tournaments opening round, the lightweights are next up to bat. This lightweight tournament will feature a lot of great fighters like Patricky Freire, JJ Ambrose, Rene Nazare and others. Also, a long delayed heavyweight tournament final will be headlining the third event in Bellator’s sixth season.
Kicking off the card is a BFC Lightweight Tournament Opening Round Fight as Thiago Michel (9-2-0) stands across the cage from Rene “The Brazilian Bomber” Nazare (10-1-0). Thiago Michel will be entering the fight riding a two fight winning streak, mainly competing in the country of Brazil. Rene Nazare has won three of four in Bellator competition, but this will mark his first MMA fight of 2012. This will be an awesome way to kick off the event with two Brazilians going at it, but it will be Rene Nazare moving on in the tournament.
We continue the BFC Lightweight Tournament Opening Round as Rick Hawn (11-1-0) squares off with Ricardo Tirloni (14-1-0). Rick Hawn made it to the finals of the season four welterweight tournament, losing to Jay Hieron in the finals. Ricardo Tirloni enters the fight riding an eleven fight winning streak, with his last victory coming at Bellator 55. This fight could be the show stealer of the entire event, but it will be Ricardo Tirloni earning the big victory.
BFC Lightweight Tournament Opening Round action continues next as JJ Ambrose (17-3-0) battles Brent Weedman (18-7-0). JJ Ambrose enters the fight riding a seven fight winning streak, with the majority of the wins coming in the Pacific Xtreme Combat promotion. Brent Weedman enters the fight riding a two fight losing streak, but he is a longtime veteran of Bellator. This is a battle between two very experienced competitors, but it will be JJ Ambrose picking up the win in the end.
Up next is the last BFC Lightweight Tournament Opening Round Fight as Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (10-2-0) takes on Lloyd “Cupcake” Woodard (11-1-0). Patrick Freire made it to the finals of the season four lightweight tournament, losing to Michael Chandler in those finals. Lloyd Woodard made it to the semi-finals of the season four lightweight tournament, also losing to Michael Chandler. These fighters are pretty even when it comes to tournament experience, but it will be Patricky Freire advancing.
Headlining this card is the season five heavyweight tournament finals rematch as Eric “The American Soldier” Prindle (7-1-0) takes on Thiago “Big Monster” Santos (10-1-0). Eric Prindle made it to the tournament finals by defeating the duo of Abe Wagner and Ron Sparks. Thiago Santos earned his spot in the finals by defeating two fighters in Josh Burns and UFC veteran Neil Grove. Following the controversial ending to their last fight with the accidental low blow, it will be Thiago Santos pulling out the victory.
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