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Bellator 72 Set With Addition of Paul Daley vs. Rudy Bears

Paul DaleyThe second installment of The Bellator Summer Series, Bellator 72, is now set to take place on July 20 at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida.

The addition of a welterweight bout between UFC and Strikeforce veteran Paul Daley (29-12-2) and Rudy Bears (14-10) rounds out the main card. “Semtex” most recently lost a unanimous decision to Kazuo Misake this passed March in the Strikeforce cage and asked for release citing a lack of fights, finding a new home in Bellator. Bears most recently broke a three-fight skid by making Nick Nolte tap to strikes at Titan Fighting Championships 22.

The event will be headlined the Bellator Season 6 Welterweight Tournament Final as Karl Amoussou (15-4-2) takes on Bryan Baker (18-3). Amoussou fought his way to the finals with victories over Dave Rickels and Chris Lozano, while Baker defeated Carlos Alexandre Pereira and UFC veteran Ben Saunders to earn his slot.

The Bellator Summer Series Light Heavyweight Semifinals will also be prominently featured, as Emanuel Newton meets Attila Vegh and Tim Carpenter faces off with Travis Wiuff to reach the finals of the tournament.

Opening up MTV2 portion of the card will be a second rematch match between Waachiim Spiritwolf (9-10-1) and Marius Zaromskis (17-6). To date, the two strikers have stepped into the cage twice but have yet to reach a clean finish in either bout.  The two first met in the Strikeforce cage in 2010, but saw their promising bout cut painfully short by an errant eye poke in just six seconds.  When the two met once again this passed May, Spiritwolf had dominated the former DREAM Champion for two rounds, unfortunately a cut to the San Diegon forced a halt in the action between rounds.


  • Karl Amoussou vs. Bryan Baker – Season 6 Welterweight Tournament Final
  • Rudy Bears vs. Paul Daley
  • Emanuel Newton vs. Attila Vegh – 2012 Summer Series Light-Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal
  • Tim Carpenter vs. Travis Wiuff – 2012 Summer Series Light-Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal
  • Waachiim Spiritwolf vs. Marius Zaromskis


  • Ben Saunders vs. Brian Warren
  • Chris Barnett vs. Tom Sauer
  • Raul Amaya vs. Kenny Moss
  • Matt McCook vs. Shanon Slack
  • Paul Barrow vs. Jason Carapelluci
  • Ryan DeRocher vs. Julien Williams

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