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Bellator 53 Results: Ben Sauders, Douglas Lima Advance to Welterweight Tourney Finals

Bellator 53 took place on Saturday night in Miami, Oklahoma in the shadow of UFC 136 and saw Ben Saunders and Douglas Lima advance to the finals of the season five welterweight tournament, while Ronnie Mann, Thiago Santos, and Giva Santana all picked up first-round submissions.

The official Bellator 53 results were:


  • Ben Saunders def. Luis Santos via submission (keylock) – Round 3, 1:35 (welterweight tourney semifinal)
  • Douglas Lima def. Chris Lozano via KO (punch) – Round 2, 3:14 (welterweight tourney semifinal)
  • Ronnie Mann def. Kenny Foster via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:52
  • Thiago Santos def. Josh Burns via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1, 2:23


  • Giva Santana def. Darryl Cobb via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:00
  • A.J. Matthews def. Rudy Bears via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Raphael Davis def. Myron Dennis via KO (punch) – Round 2, 0:29
  • David Rickels def. Levi Avera via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 1:06
  • Luis Nogueira def. Zak Laird via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 0:51

And finally here’s video of Lima’s knockout of Chris Lozano:

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