Featherweight Prospect Bezerra, WEC Vet Jansen Join Bellator 57 Card

By Mike Whitman Nov 2, 2011
Up-and-coming Brazilian featherweight Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra will look to improve to 4-0 under the Bellator Fighting Championships banner when he meets two-time UFC competitor Douglas Evans at Bellator 57.

Sherdog.com confirmed Tuesday with a source close to the bout that Bezerra-Evans matchup, along with a lightweight contest pitting WEC veteran Dave Jansen against Robert Washington, is being targeted for the Nov. 12 card at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada. MMAJunkie.com initially reported the Bezerra-Evans matchup.

The MTV2-broadcast main card of Bellator 57 will be headlined by the company’s fifth-season middleweight and welterweight tournament finals.

Once-beaten as a professional, Bezerra has been perfect in his Bellator career thus far, racking up three stoppages in as many tries. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu United standout turned pro just three years ago, rattling off five straight wins before submitting to current UFC talent Charles Oliveira in 2009. Popo has not lost since and rides a six-fight winning streak into his fourth Bellator appearance.

Evans peaked early as a pro, winning his first five bouts and receiving a call to fight in the UFC in 2007. However, the 31-year-old would lose in both of his Octagon outings, which signaled the start of a four-fight skid. More recently, Evans has split his last four contests, earning wins over Tristan Johnson and Maurice Mitchell while falling to Alexander Sarnavskiy and Antonio Carvalho.

Jansen, 32, went undefeated for the first three years of his career before running into Kamal Shalorus at WEC 46 last year. “The Fugitive” suffered a second unanimous decision defeat in the little blue cage, this time falling on points to Ricardo Lamas. Most recently, Jansen rebounded from the losses by submitting Scott McAfee in April with a brabo choke at Bellator 39.

Known as “The Beast,” Washington recently snapped back from three consecutive defeats in the Maximum Fighting Championship to post wins on Aug. 13 and Sept. 24. Powerfully built, the Finney’s H.I.T. Squad representative owns five of his 11 career victories by knockout.


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