Bellator Fighting Championships will invade Phoenix, Arizona on September 20th with the company’s 100th event.  Four of the five main card bouts are part of the season 9 welterweight tournament and the evening will be capped off by the season 8 welterweight final between Ben Saunders (16-5-2 MMA, 7-2 Bellator) and Douglas Lima (24-5 MMA, 6-1 Bellator).

The matchup is a rematch of Bellator’s season 5 tournament final, where Lima knocked out Saunders in the 2nd round.  Since that fight Saunders has gone 4-1, winning 3 straight, including a head kick knockout of Raul Amaya in February.  After stopping Saunders in 2011, Lima lost a title fight to former Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren, which snapped a 9 fight winning streak. He has won three fights in a row, all by TKO or KO.  The rematch was originally scheduled for Bellator 93, but a broken hand forced Lima to withdraw.

Ben Saunders made his Bellator debut against Matt Lee on April 2, 2011.  He may be best known for a seven fight stint with the UFC that included a win over Marcus Davis and losses to Mike Swick and Jon Fitch.  He will have a two inch height advantage over Lima, which could come in handy if he decides to use his vicious Muay Thai attack.  If he can find a way to win it is uncertain what will happen, seeing as the Bellator welterweight title was vacated when Ben Askren didn’t resign with the organization.

Douglas Lima is the former Maximum Fighting Championship Welterweight Champion.  He defended the belt one time with a TKO stoppage of former UFC fighter Terry Martin.  He has been with Bellator since 2011 and five of his six victories have come by stoppage.  Lima has the momentum coming into this fight thanks to the previous win over Saunders.  He’ll have to be on his game though, because there is nothing worse than a man seeking revenge for a previous loss.

Bellator 100 takes place Friday September 20, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.  Other notable fighters on the main card are Bellator welterweights War Machine and Rick Hawn, while the undercard features UFC castoffs Clifford Starks and Efrain Escudero.  The main card airs on SPIKE TV at 9 p.m. ET, and the undercard goes on at 7:30 p.m. ET.  It should be a great night fights that you won’t want to miss!

Brent Haugh Staff Writer