Foster, ‘Popo’ Bolster Undercard for Bellator Season 5 Debut

By Chris Nelson Aug 8, 2011
Nine bouts are now official for Bellator Fighting Championships’ fifth-season debut, as the Chicago-based promotion Monday announced the addition of five preliminary contests to the Sept. 10 card.

Bellator 49, which takes place at Caesars Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., will air live in North America on MTV2 and will feature all four of the season’s welterweight tournament quarterfinals: Rick Hawn vs. Ben Saunders, Dan Hornbuckle vs. Luis “Sapo” Santos, Steve Carl vs. Douglas Lima, and Brent Weedman vs. Chris Lozano.

Topping the locally sourced undercard will be red-hot featherweight prospect Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra, who will seek his third straight win in Bellator’s circular cage against Pennsylvania’s Scott Heckman. A Brazilian transplant now fighting out Philadelphia, Bezerra (Pictured) recorded sizzling submission wins on back-to-back Bellator cards in June and July. Heckman, meanwhile, has racked up a 7-2 record with five finishes in just 16 months as a professional.

Fourth-season featherweight semifinalist Kenny Foster will make his return against “The Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Andy Main. Foster made waves in March by upsetting NCAA Division I wrestling champ Eric Larkin, but the “Tooth Fairy” has not competed since being submitted by Daniel Straus in April. AMA Fight Club product Main holds a 5-1 record, but his last bout ended in a no-contest when he ate an illegal knee from current UFC signee Felipe Arantes in April.

Rounding out the undercard will be a welterweight bout between Bellator sophomores Giedrius Karavackas and LeVon Maynard, a heavyweight tilt pitting unbeaten Azunna Anyanwu against J.A. Dudley, and a featherweight matchup between Brylan VanArtsdalen and Joel Roberts.

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