Bellator Fighting Championships returns TONIGHT (April 6, 2012) to Caesar's Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, with a new tournament and a title fight.
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of Bellator 64 below, beginning with the MTV2 telecast at 8 p.m. ET. In addition, we'll deliver up-to-the-minute quick results of all the undercard action much earlier in the evening.
Bellator 64 will be headlined by a welterweight title fight as champion Ben Askren looks to defend his title against season five welterweight tournament winner Douglas Lima. Askren is coming off a close title defense against Jay Hieron and he's hoping to continue his undefeated streak against the top prospect Lima.
Lastly, a pair of Bellator season six bantamweight tournament quarterfinals will take place as American Travis Marx battles top Japanese grappler Masakatsu Ueda and undefeated Brazilian prospect Rodrigo Lima takes on veteran Japanese scrapper Hiroshi Nakamura.
Complete Bellator 64 results and play-by-play are after the jump:
170 lb. title: Ben Askren def. Douglas Lima via unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Marlon Sandro def. Alexandre Bezerra via split decision
135 lbs.: Travis Marx def. Masakatsu Ueda via unanimous decision
135 lbs.: Hiroshi Nakamura def. Rodrigo Lima via unanimous decision
Local Feature Fights (Spike.com)
192 lbs.: Elias Theodorou def. Rich Lictawa via submission (verbal) at 0:33 of round 3
160 lbs.: Kyle Prepolec def. Lance Snow via submission (armbar) at 2:54 of round 1
170 lbs.: Chad Laprise def. Josh Taveirne via submission (triangle choke) at 2:48 of round 1
145 lbs.: Mike Richman def. Chris Horodecki via knockout at 1:23 of round 1
170 lbs.: Nordine Taleb def. Matt Secor via unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Jason Fischer def. Taylor Solomon via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:59 of round 3
Hemmi here. I'll be calling the action throughout the main card tonight.
170 lb. title: Ben Askren vs. Douglas Lima
Round one: Askren lumbers forward and tries to close the distance looking for a takedown. Lima connects with a nice right uppercut and Askren clinches. Lima is defending here and both men trade some knees. Lima circles away from danger and both men trade kicks. Askren tosses Lima with a beautiful throw and is now on top, passing to half guard. Askren is smother Lima now and drops some right hands, locking him down. Askren postures up and throws some reverse hammer fists and some punches from top position. Lima goes for a sweep and he's got Askren's back but he drops for an armbar and gives up his position. Now Askren is back on top in Lima's closed guard and Lima throws his legs up with an armbar attempt. Askren stacks Lima up and easily avoids the submission. Lima throws his leg up but Askren just rotates past him and drops punches until the end of the round. 10-9 Askren
Round two: Askren closes the distance immediately and scores an outside trip. Lima shows strong hips and gets the mount but Askren rolls him right over into full guard. Lima attacks with a toe hold but Askren squirms free and he's back on top dropping punches from above. Askren passes but Lima rolls right back into full guard. Askren postures up, standing over Lima and he drops a bunch of weak punches. Askren just stays on top the rest of the round and drops some punches to the head and body. The Canadian crowd doesn't appreciate it but Askren is dominating with his wrestling. 10-9 Askren
Round three: Lima is backing up here to start the round and he whiffs with a big uppercut. Askren drops down to the canvas and just keeps grinding forward, eventually putting Lima on his back. Lima attacks with a triangle but Askren just funks his way out of it with one of the goofiest-looking escapes I've ever seen. Lima closes his guard and Askren drops right hands from above. Askren pins oneof Lima's arms and drops hammer fists. Lima attempts a sweep but gets denied. Lima again attempts a sweep and gets denied. Askren looks for a Darce choke and he's squeezing it but Lima escapes. Askren is still on top, however, and he's dropping some punches. The ref stands them up with a minute left and Lima just backs straight up. He throws a nice knee but Askren closes the distance and clinches. Lima throws a knee to the thigh and some short punches in the clinch but Askren circles away. Lima didn't throw one strike in the last 15 seconds with Askren standing right in front of him. 10-9 Askren
Round four: It's more of the same as Askren closes the distance and scores a takedown. He drops punches from Lima's guard and there's nothing Lima can do about it. Askren stacks Lima up and Lima attempts a sweep but Askren's balance is amazing as he just ends up right back on top. Askren drops some hammer fists and even throws in a forearm smash. Askren again stacks Lima up and Lima attempts an armbar but he just slips free with ease. They get stood up with 10 seconds and Lima whiffs with a head kick at the end of the round. 10-9 Askren
Round five: Lima again just backs straight up and Askren is stalking him. Lima lands a nice lef kick and Askren shoots in, drops down and grinds foward. Lima sprawls this time but Askren just keeps putting on the pressure and puts Lima on his back. Here we go again, more top position control from Askren. Askren is dominatn from top position and Lima is doing absolutely nothing here from bottom other than hang on for dear life while Askren continues to lord over him and drop soft punches. This is definitely death by 1000 cuts as Askren promised. Askren remains on top all the way to the bell. 10-9 Askren
Final Result: Ben Askren defeats Douglas Lima via unanimous decision (50-45 x3)
145 lbs.: Marlon Sandro vs. Alexandre Bezerra
Round one: Sandro throws a pair of kicks and Bezerra fires back with a left hook. Sandro snaps off a leg kick . Bezerra is trying to counter while Sandro is the aggressor. Bezerra lands a nice inside leg kick and he's loading up for that left hook counter. Sandro lands a low kick and they reset quickly. Sandro connects with a big leg kick and a nice left hand. Sandro has caught on to Bezerra's striking strategy and Bezerra shoots in for a takedown but can't secure it as Sandro defends well. Another nice leg kick from Sandro staggers Bezerra. Sandro throws a straight left and Bezerra clocks him with a spinning back fist, his best strike of the fight. They size each other up for the final 15 seconds. 10-9 Sandro
Round two: Both men looking to establish their leg kicks early as they trade the low strikes. Sandro counters a leg kick with a nice left hand but neither man is landing any major damaging blows this round. The striking is very even here. Sandro connects with a nice left hook but Bezerra walks right through it. More leg kicks from both men and neither guy is really landing anything significant or taking a lead. They've got 80 seconds to make something happen and win this round. Sandro shoots in for a takedown and gets stuffed and they trade more kicks. Sandro throws a jumping knee at the end of the round. That was ugly. 10-10
Round three: Bezerra shoots in aggressively to open the round and scores a takedown but Sandro pops to his feet. Bezerra grabs a back body lock and slams Sandro to the ground but Sandro pulls a switch and takes top position but he stalls until the ref stands them back up. Bezerra lands a nice punch that rocks Sandro and drops him temporarily but Sandro pops right back to his feet. Both men start exchange and things are heating up at the midway point of the round. Bezerra misses with a head kick. Both men land good left hands and Sandro fires off a nice inside leg kick. Bezerra is running out of time if he wants to really get a finish here. Neither man shows much aggression for a full minute and Bezerra lands some nice strikes at the end of the round. 10-9 Bezerra
Final Result: Marlon Sandro defeats Alexandre Bezerra via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
135 lbs.: Travis Marx vs. Masakatsu Ueda
Round one: Marx opens witha kick and presses forward as Ueda fires back with a kick. Marx grabs a back body lock and slams Ueda to the canvas with authority. Ueda grabs onto a Kimura and he sits out and is cranking on Marx but Marx slips free and he's in Ueda's guard. Ueda turtles and Marx has some nice control from behind. Ueda turtles again and dives for a single leg and keeps pushing forward working hard for a takedown but Marx defends and they both get back to their feet. Both men are in southpaw and Ueda lands a nice kick. They trade jabsand Ueda connects with a solid body kick. They exchange some short shots until the bell. 10-9 Marx
Round two: Neither man showing much in the striking early but Ueda scores a takedown. Marx turtles but Ueda turns into him and he's trying to set up a submission but Marx pops back to his feet. He's not out of trouble yet as Ueda is fishing for a Kimura but Marx stays heavy just as Ueda turns and he land son top. Ueda again digs for a Kimura and he's got Marx's arm isolated but Marx slips free and now he's almost passed to full mount. Ueda turns and Marx takes his back but he's very high up. Marx is thinking about attacking the arm but Ueda slips free and takes top position. Marx turtles and tries to push into Ueda and almost pulls off a nifty pass but both men pop back to their feet. They exchange evenly until the bell. That was a tough round to score. 10-9 Marx
Round three: Ueda lands a nice body kick as both men look to exchange in the stand-up. Neither fighter is landing anything significant but Ueda is being the aggressor. Marx lands a nice right hand but Ueda closes the distance and puts him on his back. Ueda tries to attack and he passes to side control but Marx turtles. Marx presses forward and now he's looking to scores a takedown against Ueda. Ueda is still barely on top and Ueda has a head lock. Marx puts Ueda in a back body lock and lands a nice kick along the fence as both men reset in the stand-up. Marx lands a nice right hand and Ueda shoots in. Marx sprawls but Ueda puts him on his back but only briefly as they stand. Ueda lands a head kick with 15 seconds left and both men trade until the bell. 10-9 Ueda
Final Result: Travis Marx defeats Masakatsu Ueda via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
135 lbs.: Rodrigo Lima vs. Hiroshi Nakamura
Round one: Lima takes control of the center and starts aggressively but Nakamura shoots in and puts him on his back. Lima throws his legs up looking for a submission and he's chaining them. He tries an armbar then an omaplata but Nakamura slips out. Lima continues to throw his legs up but Nakamura defends and starts dropping some punches from above. Nakamura drops some nice right hands. Lima tries to isolate an arm but Nakamura again slips out and now is standing over Lima as Lima tries to throw some upkicks at him. Nakamura dives back into Lima's open guard but he stands back up again and drops a right hand. Lima scores a sweep and gets to his feet, clinching Nakamura against the fence but he throws a knee which lands low which kills his momentum. They reset and Lima again aggressively pushes forward, throwing big strikes. Nakamura lands a nice counter right but Lima is getting some nice offense in. They clinch and Nakamura changes levels looking for a takedown. Lima blatantly grabs the cage and almost uses it to take Nakamura's back but Nakamura finishes the round on top. That was a tough round to score with how aggressive Lima was from bottom but I'm going to say 10-9 Nakamura
Round two: Lima again takes the cage center and Nakamura clinches in the center but Lima throws a knee which lands low. The referee takes a point away from Lima, that hurts. They reset and Lima pushes forward with punches but gets pressed against the fence by Nakamura. Nakamura scores a takedown along the cage and he's in Lima's open guard, dropping some short hammer fists. Lima throws his legs up and attempts an armbar but he's out of position to secure it. He again throws his legs up time after time and he's attacking with an omaplata now. Nakamura steps over and drops some nice hammer fists as Lima throws punches from bottom as both men trade. Lima again throws up an omaplata and he's fishing for a toehold as well but Nakamura slips free. Now Lima starts attacking with a kneebar and Nakamura drops down for a counter leg lock at the bell. 9-9 with the point deduction
Round three: Lima presses forward aggressively again with punches but Nakamura puts him in a back body lock and scores a takedown but Nakamura is busted open with a cut. Lima is attacking with a Kimura from bottom and now he switches to an omaplata but Nakamura escapes. Nakamura drops some hammer fists and he's still on top here. Lima's pace from bottom has slowed drastically. Lima now attacks with a heel hook but Nakamura drops down and counters with one of his own. Both men are going for leg locks and the referee stands them up while both are going for submission. Wow, what an awful stand-up. Nakamura clinches from behind and Lima rolls for a kneebar with 10 seconds left and both men attack with leg locks until the bell sounds. 10-9 Nakamura
Final Result: Hiroshi Nakamura defeats Rodrigo Lima via unanimous decision (29-27 x3)