Bellator announces brackets for welterweight tournament

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Bellator Fighting Championships today announced the promotion’s Season 4 Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal Pairings for Bellator 35, the premiere event at the Tachi Palace Casino & Resort in Lemoore, California on Saturday, March 5, 2011, which will air LIVE on MTV2.

Kicking things off it will be Judo vs. Judo as “Judo” Jim Wallhead and former Judoka Olympian Rick Hawn clash for a spot in the semifinals. Currently riding an eight-fight win streak, Wallhead will be looking to ride the momentum from a recent Bellator victory over UFC veteran Ryan Thomas into the semifinals, while the promising former Olympian Hawn will look to add to his perfect 9-0 professional record. The evening’s second 170 lbs. quarterfinal finds Army and Bellator veteran Steve Carl taking on the highly touted Bellator newcomer, and UFC/Strikeforce veteran, Jay “Thoroughbred” Hieron. Carl will look to capitalize on his Season 2 Welterweight Tournament experience to get past the highly regarded Hieron, who has not lost a fight in the last three years.

Additionally two Bellator veterans will collide in a long-awaited rematch when Dan “The Handler” Hornbuckle meets Brent Weedman in a quarterfinal pairing. Hornbuckle looks to get one step closer to a redemptive fight with current Bellator World Welterweight Champion Ben Askren, who he lost to in the Bellator Season 2 Welterweight Finals. However, he’ll first have to go through Weedman who will look to redeem a 2006 submission loss to Hornbuckle while improving his impressive win streak to eleven-straight.

Leather will be flying in the Bellator 35 Main Event, as heavy-handed former Bellator World Welterweight Champion Lyman “Cyborg” Good will collide with fast-rising undefeated knockout artist Chris “The Assassin” Lozano. Both Good and Lozano are content to keep things standing which should provide a highly entertaining fight for Bellator fans. Overall, none of these fighters have an easy way into the tournament and we can definitely expect to see some interesting matches in the future.

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