Amoussou-Alvey, Santos-Lewis on Tap for Bellator 45

By Mike Whitman Apr 26, 2011
Bellator Fighting Championships’ fourth-season finale continues to come together, as two new match-ups are in the works for Bellator 45. Scheduled for the May 21 event is a middleweight scrap between Karl Amoussou and Sam Alvey, as well as a heavyweight confrontation between Thiago Santos and Derek Lewis.

Sherdog.com confirmed the bouts with a source close to the event after MMAJunkie.com initially reported the middleweight matchup on Tuesday. Emanating from the L’Auberge du Lac Resort in Lake Charles, La., Bellator 45 is expected to feature both the featherweight and light heavyweight tournament finals, as Patricio Freire takes on Daniel Straus and Richard Hale locks horns with Christian M'Pumbu. The event airs live on MTV2.

Amoussou (Pictured), 25, has gone 0-1-1 in his last two fights after winning three straight contests in 2009. The Frenchman has fought much of his career under the M-1 Global banner, making his Strikeforce debut in February 2010. After that bout with Trevor Prangley ended in a technical draw due to an inadvertent eye poke, Amoussou most recently dropped a July 2010 unanimous decision to Kazuhiro Nakamura.

Alvey rides a three-fight winning streak into his showdown with the Frenchman. A King of the Cage veteran, Alvey fought an impressive eight times in 2010, losing only once in that span. Representing Metz’s Combat Club in Manitowoc, Wisc., Alvey has finished 10 of his 14 career victims since turning pro in 2008. Most recently, the middleweight earned the highest-profile victory of his career, as he took home a November split decision over Jason Guida.

Known as “Big Monster,” Santos has only been bested once in his three-year pro career. The Brazilian comes fresh off back-to-back victories under the Amazon Fights banner in May and August 2010. The only loss of the heavyweight’s career came to Alexey Oleinik in 2009, as Santos was submitted with a rear-naked choke in the first round.

Lewis has won three-straight contests, most recently earning a TKO victory in February over Taylor Herbert. The heavyweight has gone the distance just once, the only loss of his career. Lewis has finished all four of his defeated foes, holding three of those wins by knockout.

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