Bellator spends one more week in Texas
May, 26, 2010
By Andrew Plante | ESPNDallas.com
After a successful Bellator 19 last week in Grand Prairie that showcased some of the best welterweights in the world as well as a top notch local card, Bellator will head down I-35 this Thursday to put on Bellator 20 at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio. This event will serve as the semi-finals for the middleweight tournament.
Bryan Baker (left) will battle Eric Schambari in Bellator 20's middleweight semifinal in San Antonio.
The tournament portion of the card will feature Bryan Baker against Eric Schambari and Jared Hess versus Alexander Shlemenko. Look for Baker and Hess to make their way to the tournament finale. The only loss on Baker’s record was via decision against Chael Sonnen -- who will be facing Anderson Silva for a shot at the UFC middleweight belt. Hess also has a near-perfect record. His only career loss was against current Bellator middleweight champ, Hector Lombard, at the finals of season one’s middleweight tourney.
As was the case at Bellator 19, the organization has constructed a solid card local card filled with some of the best fighters in Texas. Although none of the fighters on this card are from North Texas, you will surely recognize a few of them if you follow DFW MMA. Andrew Chapelle fought on two Art of War cards in the metroplex back in ’07 and ’08. He’s most recent visit to the area was at SWC 3. Robert Villegas took on Krzysztof Soszynski at Mark Cuban’s HDNet Fights -- Reckless Abandon. Brian Melancon was on the first Steele Cage event in Frisco and Adam Schindler appeared at SWC 10. It’s always excellent news when fighters from Dallas-area promotions make their way to the nationally televised shows.
The event will also feature a superfight bout between Eddie Sanchez and Texas-based fighter, Marcus Sursa. Sursa is from Amarillo and is a regular on Shark Fights fight cards.
Bellator 20 will take place on May 27 at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, Texas and will broadcast via Fox Sports Net.
- Bryan Baker vs. Eric Schambari (middleweight tourney semifinal)
- Jared Hess vs. Alexander Shlemenko (middleweight tourney semifinal)
- Eddie Sanchez vs. Marcus Sursa
- Aaron Rosa vs. Robert Villegas
- Nik Mamalis vs. Mark Oshiro
- Andrew Chappelle vs. Cedric Marks
- Brian Melancon vs. Adam Schindler
- Humberto DeLeon vs. Jimmy Flick