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Bellator 154 Fighter to Watch: Saad Awad

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Bellator 154 sets foot in San Jose, California this Saturday, May 14. With the main event between former UFC contender Phil Davis, opposite Rizin Light Heavyweight Grand Prix winner, and former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight ‘King Mo’ Muhammad Lawal. The event is sure to be one you cannot miss. The card was initially expected have a co-main event between Lightweights Josh Thomson, and Michael Chandler. Thomson was injured and unable to make it to fight day. Another main card fight was expected to be a Featherweight bout between Jordan Parsons and Adam Piccolotti. Parsons was involved in a hit-and-run accident om May 4, being hospitalized for several days before passing away from complications.

The Fighter to Watch at this weekend event is Saad Awad. He is now slated as the co-main event in a Welterweight showdown against Evangelista ‘Cyborg’ Santos. Awad will be in his eleventh Bellator fight, this being the first in the Welterweight division. Saad said he feels “really good. Strong, health,and full.” He made his MMA debut at King of the Cage in March, 2006, with the fight ending in a DQ and a win for him. He won his first five fights with three by submission and one by TKO. He lost his first professional fight to UFC vet Nam Phan at GC 74 in 2008. After going 7-2, he made his Bellator debut at Bellator 10 in Ontario, California. He lost the fight by Rear-Naked choke to Diego Garijo and did not return to the company.

After four straight wins following a loss to Joe Duarte at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley, he was brought back to Bellator to fight on Season 8 for the Lightweight tournament. He breezed through the opening round with a 31 second knockout of Guillame DeLorenzi at Bellator 87. Four weeks later at Bellator 91, he beat future Lightweight Champion Will Brooks by knockout 43 seconds into the fight. In the final, he could not answer the bell for the third round as he lost by TKO to David Rickels.

He returned in Season 9 for the Lightweight tournament. In the quarterfinal he beat Martin Stapleton by Rear-Naked choke in the first round. Once again in the Semifinal, he met Will Brooks at Bellator 105. In the second fight, Awad was not as successful and lost the fight by decision to get his run cut short in the tournament. A year later, he met former foe Joe Duarte at Bellator 122 three years after he lost to him. In the rematch, he beat Duarte by TKO in the first round to avenge his loss.

His next two fights ended by decision with wins over Sergio Rios and Rob Sinclair at Bellator 127 and Bellator 136. His last fight was at Bellator 141 against Patrick Freire in the co-main event. It was a step up in competition for the California native as he came in with three wins in a row. The fight would not go his way as he lost the fight by decision 30-27 all around.

Awad is of Palestinian and Brazilian nationality and grew up in California. He currently sits at 6-4 in Bellator and 18-7 in professional MMA. He takes on former Strikeforce title challenger Cyborg Santos in the co-main event. Santos last fought just a month ago at Bellator 153 where he beat Brennan Ward by submission. When you Saad how this fight is going to go, it’s very simple; “My way!

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Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Complete Bellator 185: Mousasi vs. Shlemenko Fight Card:

Middleweight Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC)

Welterweight Feature Bout: Neiman Gracie (6-0) vs. Zak Bucia (18-8)

Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Heather Hardy (1-0) vs. Kristina Williams (Debut)

Lightweight Feature Bout: Ryan Quinn (13-7) vs. Marcus Surin (4-0)

Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Ana Julaton (2-2) vs. Lisa Blaine (1-0)

Preliminary Card:

Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Young (6-0) vs. Alec Hooben (5-3)

Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Costello van Steenis (8-1) vs. Steve Skrzat (8-9)

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Vinicius de Jesus (5-1) vs. Joaquin Buckley (7-1)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: John Beneduce (2-1) vs. Dean Hancock (2-1)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Timothy Wheeler (1-4) vs. Pete Rogers (2-4)

150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Don Shainis (3-1) vs. Matthew Denning (5-6)

150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Frank Sforza (6-0) vs. Vovka Clay (3-2)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Carrier (Pro Debut) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (Pro Debut)

Flyweight Preliminary Bout: John Lopez

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams

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Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.

Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.

Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.

Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.

Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.

There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.

But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.

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