That same evening Bellator Fighting Championships will include the opening rounds of their new Welterweight Tournament in which San Diego will have two dogs in the fight, Herman Terrado and War Machine. Both are currently trainers at the Und1sputed Gym in Downtown San Diego. The event is to be broadcast live starting at 6 p.m. PST on Spike, as well as in Spanish language on mun2.
Why should we care? San Diegans will have two of our local brethren featured in this prestigious tournament. War Machine (13-4, 8 KOs, 5 submissions) and Herman Terrado (11-2, 7 KOs, 4 submissions) are two of the best Mixed Martial Artists in the world. Both are local instructors and for a very long time have been revered locally. Now they have an opportunity to be lionized on the world stage.
Since injuries have forced Mark Scanlon and Matt Riddle out of Bellator’s Season 9 Welterweight Tournament, they were replaced by Rick Hawn and Ron Keslar.
Hawn moves back to welterweight after an impressive run at lightweight that saw the former Olympian win the Season 6 Lightweight Tournament and fight for the Bellator Lightweight Title against Michael Chandler in January. After suffering defeat at the hands of Chandler, Hawn battled long time veteran Karo Parisyan in April and collected another finish with a devastating knockout victory. With a 15-2 record and a Bellator Tournament run already under his belt, Hawn will have a target on his back. He will now face Terrado, while Vaughn Anderson is set to face War Machine.
Keslar joins Bellator riding a four fight win streak. A standout at the famed American Kickboxing Academy, Keslar will have his hands full when he goes up against Brazilian submission ace Sergio Junior.
After all is said and done, this is still an incredibly deep field of talent, and Friday will be the beginning of this great elimination tournament.
Bellator Welterweight Tournament Final: Douglas Lima (24-5) vs. Ben Saunders (16-5)
Bellator Welterweight Opening Round: War Machine (13-4) vs. Vaughn Anderson (16-1-1)
Bellator Welterweight Opening Round: Rick Hawn (15-2) vs. Herman Terrado (11-2)
Bellator Welterweight Opening Round: Brent Weedman (21-8-1) vs. Justin Baesman (14-3)
Bellator Welterweight Opening Round: Ron Keslar (10-3) vs. Sergio Junior (29-11)
Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal: Travis Marx (20-4) vs. Brandon Bender (11-0)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Bubba Jenkins (4-0) vs. LaRue Burley (2-0)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Beau Tribolet (7-2) vs. Liam McGeary (4-0)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Mighty Mo (3-2) vs. Dan Charles (6-0)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Johnny Buck (12-8) vs. Adam McDonough (8-0)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Joe Yager (5-2) vs. Clifford Starks (8-2)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Efrain Escudero (19-7) vs. Zack Surdyka (5-1)
For all sorts of reasons, insiders claim the Grand Canyon University Arena is an ideal venue for the Mixed Martial Arts. In the slideshow provided we see MMA fans lining up to enter. The 135,000-square-foot sports and entertainment facility seats 5,000. With only 42 steps from event level to the concourse level, you can be sure that every seat in the house is a good one.
Though you might think it was a bit eccentric, a few years back Jonathan Koppenhaver, a black belt in Brazillian Jiu Jitsu, legally changed his name to War Machine. As a mixed martial artist he then excelled in both the UFC and Bellator Fighting Championships.
The one intangible that has aided him throughout his most difficult times has been his unbreakable bond with his chums at the two Undisputed Gyms, one in North Park, the other in Downtown San Diego. It is and will remain one tight group of friends.
The 23 year-old Herman Terrado gives much credit to his coaches Enester Flores, boxing, Barret Yoshida, MMA & Jiu Jitsu, and Juan Herrera, strength & conditioning, plus his sparring partners War Machine, Ed Radcliffe, Toby Amata, Nic Barnes and Ben Khoshaba.
Like a soldier, Terrado has now been training for six solid years. His high level of confidence comes from the belief in his regimented diet, training and coaching. Knowing full well that if he continues with the program he’s on, he has to succeed.
His only real flaw appears to be his muscle size which holds him back from being quicker and using his legs as weapons. The high kicks and knees to the head used in Muay Thai are not part of his arsenal.
When you look over the talent in this tournament, San Diego now has two, realistic finalists who’s courage is undeniable and who’s laudable warrior instincts might just make them the next Bellator champion.
What are the characteristics/qualifications needed to become the next champion?
1) Your stamina has to be better than your opponent’s to win by attrition if need be. The strategy of imposing your weight on your opponent, leaning on him or having him fight while back-peddling is paramount.
2) Versatility has become so important. Since this sport has evolved so quickly, you can forget the notion that one Royce Gracie Armbar or one Junior Dos Santos punch is going to get you the title. Future champions will need to be not only great boxers, great wrestlers, great kick boxers and great Martial Artists to get to the top.
3) Getting off to a quick start is important. The toughest obstacle for a fighter to overcome is a slow start and an early injury. The fighter who inflicts that first wound will likely win every time.