Ben Askren, Douglas Lima Cleared for Bellator 64 Welterweight Title Headliner

By Mike Whitman Apr 5, 2012
Ben Askren’s sophomore welterweight title defense will move forward as planned at Bellator 64, as both “Funky” and opponent Douglas Lima were cleared to compete at Thursday’s weigh-ins.

Askren tipped the scales at 169.6 pounds, while Lima checked in at 170 ahead of Friday’s headlining attraction at Caesars in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

The evening’s main draw will be broadcast on MTV2 and Epix and also features a pair of bantamweight tournament quarterfinals pitting Travis Marx (135.2) against Masakatsu Ueda (135.8) and Rodrigo Lima (136) against Hiroshi Nakamura (135.8). Additionally, semifinalists Alexandre Bezerra (146) and Marlon Sandro (146) will tangle for the first spot in the featherweight finals.

Bellator’s reigning 170-pound kingpin, Askren is perfect through his three years as a pro. The former two-time NCAA Division I wrestling champion won Bellator’s second season welterweight tournament in June 2010 and went on to defeat Lyman Good to capture the title later that year. Askren has defended his title just once since, earning a hard-fought split decision over Season 4 winner Jay Hieron this past October at Bellator 56.

Meanwhile, Lima has not lost since 2009 and rides a nine-fight winning streak heading into his showdown with Askren. The former Maximum Fighting Championship titlist made his Bellator debut this past September, outpointing Steve Carl in the Season 5 quarterfinals before knocking out Chris Lozano and Ben Saunders to capture the tournament crown and earn his shot at Askren’s belt.

Bellator 64 Weigh-In Results:

Ben Askren (169.6) vs. Douglas Lima (170)
Marlon Sandro (146) vs. Alexandre Bezerra (146)
Travis Marx (135.2) vs. Masakatsu Ueda (135.8)
Rodrigo Lima (136) vs. Hiroshi Nakamura (135.8)
Elias Theodorou (185.6) vs. Rich Lictawa (192.2)*
Kyle Prepolec (158.6) vs. Lance Snow (159)
Chad Laprise (169.8) vs. Josh Taveirne (170.6)
Chris Horodecki (145.8) vs. Mike Richman (145)
Nordine Taleb (171) vs. Matt Secor (170)
Taylor Solomon (155.6) vs. Jason Fischer (155.6)
*Lictawa will have two hours to cut the remaining 6.2 pounds for his middleweight bout.

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