The penultimate event of the 10th season of Bellator, Bellator 119 will go down this Friday, May 9th at the Casino Rama venue in Rama, Ontario. This marks the first time the promotion has been back in the country of Canada in over 18 months. The event was originally to feature the culmination of two of Bellator’s season 10 tournaments, however one of the middleweight finalists, Brett Cooper was forced to pull out due to a back injury, leaving just one, the finals of the featherweight tournaments will conclude on that night.
In the headliner of Bellator 119, the season 10 featherweight tournament final will be determine who is next in line to fight the winner of Pat Curran and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire for the featherweight title. It will be youth vs experience when 24 year old Desmond Green (11-2) takes on 41-fight veteran Daniel Weichel (33-8).
Since losing his Bellator debut to Fabricio Guerreiro, Division 1 wrestler Desmond Green has reeled off 3 straight victories in Bellator, including tournament wins over Mike Richman and Will Martinez to earn this spot in the finals.
Daniel Weichel is unbeaten in 5-fights in Bellator, the former M-1 Global Lightweight Champion submitted Scott Cleve and won a unanimous decision over Matt Bessette to punch his ticket in the finals. Having fought all over the world from Germany to Japan to USA, Weichel makes his first appearance competing in Canada.
The co-main event features a pair of veterans making their return to Bellator. Canadian Chris Horodecki (20-4-1) takes on Brazilian Marlon Sandro (24-5-1). Horodecki returns to Bellator 2-years after competing at Bellator 64–in a loss to Mike Richman. After going 1-1-1 in 3 bouts in Bellator, Horodecki has reeled off back to back wins since, including capturing the XFFC lightweight championship in 2013. This will be Chris Horodecki’s featherweight debut, after competing the first 26 fights of his career at lightweight.
The 37 year old Nova Uniao fighter, Marlon Sandro last appearance in Bellator resulted in a TKO loss to eventual tournament winner Frodo Khasbulaev at Bellator 92. Since then, Sandro fought Yojiro Uchimura to a draw at Pancrase 252. He is set to make his 11th appearance in Bellator.
Former DREAM welterweight champion, Marius Zaromskis (19-8) makes his return to Bellator after a 15-month layoff since suffering back to back losses in tournament action to Andrey Koreshkov and Brent Weedman. The Lithuanian will be taking on Vaughn Anderson (16-2-1), who had his 12-fight unbeaten streak snapped back in his debut at Bellator 100 in a 2nd round submission loss to War Machine.
Born in the Philippines, and a former Canadian resident, Vaughan Anderson returns to compete in Canada for the first time in his career. Anderson is a head trainer of the Legacy Gym in Thailand, and has competed the majority of his fights all over the continent of Asia. This fight is the beneficiary of the headliner being cancelled, moving from the preliminary to the televised main card.
Rounding out the 4-fight main card and kicking off the Spike TV portion of the card will be heavyweights Raphael Butler (8-0) vs. Nick Rossborough (23-18).
The former pro boxer and golden gloves champion, Raphael Butler, has been putting his heavy hands on display in MMA, finishing all 3 of his previous opponents in Bellator, all in the first round. And has finished all 8 of his career victories, 5 by knockout.
Nick Rossborough will be making his Bellator debut coming off a TKO loss to Marcin Rozalski just 6 weeks prior at KSW 26. Trained under the legendary Jeremy Horn, Rossborough has 20 finishes in his 23 career victories–including 14 submissions. But has also been submitted 7 times in his career, while half of his losses came by way of decision.
The preliminary card will feature a couple of well known veterans that could all potentially be vying for a spot in the next tournament.
Being in Canada, the event had to feature some local Canadian talent, and arguably the biggest name on the card might be over 50-fight veteran John Alessio (34-17), who fights on the preliminary card in a 160lb catchweight bout against Eric Wisely (22-8). The 34 year old Alessio has been out of action since September of 2013, when he suffered a loss in his Bellator debut to eventual tournament winner Will Brooks. The 2nd time around, Alessio will be looking for a more successful performance in the Bellator cage. The American Wisely won a split decision over Donnie Bell in his debut back at Bellator 113, he carries a 3-fight win streak into this bout.
4-time Bellator tournament competitor, Brian “The Predator” Rogers (10-6) looks to snap a 2-fight losing streak, and going for his first win since 2012, when he takes on Adrian Miles (14-5), who is riding a 7-fight win streak and making his Bellator debut. Miles was a competitor on the latest season of the ultimate fighter 19, but lost to Hector Urbina in the fight to get into the house.
Rounding out the preliminary card, are four fights featuring local Canadian MMA talent.
In one fight, Canadian heavyweight Craig Hudson (4-3) will look to hand the Brit Stuart Austin (7-0) his first career loss. Both heavyweights have a combined 8 ko/tko wins of their 11 victories.
Canadian lightweights, Remy Bussieres (3-0) vs Jason Meisel (4-3). Bussieres was victorious against Blake Pool, winning a decision at Bellator 103. While Meisel, a former score fighting series alum, comes into this bout having lost 3 of his last 4.
A pair of undefeated Canadian fighters will meet at a catchweight of 130lbs, Chris Keldaes (6-0) vs. Malcolm Gordon (4-0). Training out of the Adrenaline training center and joining teammate Chris Horodecki on the card, 23 year old Gordon captured the Havoc FC flyweight championship, submitting Mike Davis in his last fight. The Nova Scotian Chris Keldaes fights out of the same camp as top lightweight T.J. Grant.
In the card’s opener, Behrang Yousefi (5-4), looks to snap a 3-fight losing streak when he takes on Chad Freeman (8-5). Yousefi started off his career with 4 straight wins in 2011, but has since gone 1-4 over the next 3 years. Freeman has won all 8 of his fights by stoppage–3 ko/tko, 5 submissions, but has also lost by submissions 4 times.
Bellator 119 Fight Card:
Main Card (9 PM EST, Spike TV)
- Featherweight tournament finals: Desmond Green vs. Daniel Weichel
- Chris Horodecki vs. Marlon Sandro
- Marius Zaromskis vs. Vaughn Anderson
- Raphael Butler vs. Nick Rossborough
Preliminary Card (7 PM EST, Spike.com)
- 160lb Catchweight: John Alessio vs. Eric Wisely
- Brian Rogers vs. Adrian Miles
- Stuart Austin vs. Craig Hudson
- Jason Meisel vs. Remy Bussieres
- 130lb Catchweight: Chris Kelades vs. Malcolm Gordon
- Behrang Yousefi vs. Chad Freeman