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Xtreme Couture’s Jay “The Thoroughbred” Hieron punched his ticket to the Bellator Welterweight Tournament finals with a tough-fought decision win over a game Brent Weedman.  Hieron is an extremely tough guy who doesn’t mind mixing it up with anyone.   With the win, Hieron now meets Olympian Rick Hawn in next month’s tourney finale.  Hieron (21-4 MMA, 2-0 BFC) now has won nine consecutive fights.

Xtreme Couture’s Mike Chandler dominated his way to victory on Saturday night.  The former University of Missouri wrestler’s takedown and ground skills have led him to another victory and a ticket to the lightweight tourney’s finale. Using his improved and fearless striking to set up at least four takedowns in each frame, Chandler dominated the first and third rounds to earn a unanimous-decision victory over fellow semifinalist Lloyd Woodard via scores of 29-28. With his victory, Chandler now meets KO artist Patricky “Pitbull” Freire in the tourney finale next month.

MAIN CARD

  • Champ Ben Askren vs. Nick Thompson (non-title bout)
  • Jay Hieron vs. Brent Weedman (welterweight-tourney semifinal)
  • Michael Chandler vs. Llyod Woodard (lightweight-tourney semifinal)

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Nate James vs. Tyler Stinson
  • Josh Burns vs. Eric Prindle
  • David Rickles vs. Dylan Smith
  • Cody Carrillo vs. Michael Osborn

Bellator 40 takes place April 9 at First Council Casino in Newkirk, Okla. and is broadcast on MTV2

Xtreme Co-Main Event  

Brent Weedman (18-5-1) vs. Jay “The Thoroughbred” Hieron (20-4-0)

Brent Weedman is a good fighter, and he took out a fighter in Dan Hornbuckle that I thought he would not be able to beat. The truth is that Dan has not been the same fighter that he was over in Japan where he was knocking out fighters and finishing fights. Brent’s only ever loss to tough fighters, but that is where his fault lies as Jay is one extremely tough fighter.

Jay Hieron an established top dog at Xtreme Couture MMA in Las Vegas has always been a fighter with the ability to be a champion, but he never had the chance. The IFL failed, Affliction went under, and Strikeforce never followed through with their promise. He has just had bad luck. He entered this tournament with one thing in mind being a champion and that is all that he is focused on.

The Bottom Line: Jay Hieron is too focused to lose.

Xtreme Fight #2

Lloyd “Cupcake” Woodard (11-0-0) vs. Michael Chandler (6-0-0)

The strengths for Michael in this fight re his wrestling, his hands, and his submission. Obviously, in the first round of this tournament you saw him submit a strong BJJ fighter in Marcien Held, but he also got caught in multiple submissions. If someone was able to hold onto a submission they caught him in it would stop him. He has strong hands, but so does Lloyd.

Lloyd has big knockout power as seen in his first fight too. He also has a strong BJJ base since he has submitted more people than he has finished with strikes. The big remaining factor is the wrestling. We know that Michael can get Lloyd down.  Look for this fight to be wild as either fighter could pull out something that would surprise everyone.