First up we have Patricky Freire, who together with his brother Patricio Freire continually stole the show last season. Patricky burst onto the Bellator Lightweight scene when he KO’d former WEC champion Rob McCullough, and then he gave fans an amazing “Bellator moment” when he KO’d Toby Imada with a beautiful flying knee that was followed up by some vicious punches. The 2011 loss was the first (T)KO loss for Imada since 2006, and only the fourth (T)KO loss in a career that has seen him fight almost fifty times.
Like his brother, Patricky would end up fighting to the finals of the Bellator Season Five tournament he competed in. Unlike Patricio, Patricky would end up falling to Michael Chandler. In one of the bigger scandals of Season Five, Chandler kicked Patricky in the groin three times, only earning a single point deduction on the third and last groin kick.
Rick HawnAnother notable star of Bellator’s Season Six Lightweight Tournament is Rick Hawn, one of two finalists from Bellator’s Season Four Welterweight Tournament. Hawn entered Bellator a perfect 8-0 with six (T)KO wins, and would KO his first opponent in Bellator in order to qualify for Bellator’s Season Four Welterweight Tournament. Hawn would end up winning by both Unanimous and Split Decision, before losing a controversial Split Decision to Jay Hieron.
Brent WeedmanBellator’s Season Six Lightweight Tournament also features Brent Weedman, a well-traveled veteran that started competing in 2005 but has already amassed almost thirty professional fights. Weedman is another Welterweight dropping down to Lightweight, and lost to Jay Hieron in Season Four’s Welterweight Tournament Semifinal round. Weedman also competed in Bellator’s Season Five Welterweight Tournament, losing in the quarterfinal round. Weedman’s overall record is 18-7 with only two stoppage losses and with seventeen stoppage wins.
Rene NazareAnd finally, Bellator’s Season Six Lightweight Tournament also features Rene Nazare. A master at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Nazare is 11-1 with an even split of four wins by (T)KO and four wins by submission. Nazare has certainly looked impressive in Bellator so far, finishing his first two opponents in the first round and his third opponent in the second round. Despite having competed in Bellator four times, this is the first Bellator tournament Nazare has ever competed in.
Of course, Bellator 62 also features four other Lightweight fighters, although all four aren’t as well-known as the four fighters I’ve highlighted here. And if the opening round of the Lightweight Tournament wasn’t enough, we have the much-anticipated rematch between Eric Prindle and Thiago Santos to finally declare a winner for Season Five’s Heavyweight Tournament.
Putting it simply: Bellator 62 is loaded with top stars and entertaining fighters from one of Bellator’s best and deepest weight divisions, so go watch Bellator 62 and #gowatchbellator!
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About the author
Oliver Saenz, also known as PdW2kX, is a freelance journalist, opinion columnist, hardcore MMA fan, and lifelong nerd. For more news, views, previews, and reviews on all things Mixed Martial Arts as well as video games, be sure to visit FightGamesBlog.net.