Bellator 67 Highlights: Chandler’s Dominance and Baker’s Victory

Bellator 67, an event that took place on May 4, 2012, at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada, showcased a series of compelling fights with significant outcomes for the fighters involved. The main event featured Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler, who was not defending his title on this occasion, but instead faced off against Japanese veteran Akihiro Gono in a non-title bout. Chandler’s performance was nothing short of dominant, as he swiftly knocked out Gono with a straight right hand followed by ground-and-pound, ending the fight in just 56 seconds of the first round[5].

The co-main event saw Bryan Baker secure a unanimous decision victory over Ben Saunders in the welterweight tournament semifinal. Baker’s wrestling and top control were pivotal in overcoming Saunders’ effective Muay Thai and submission attempts. This win advanced Baker to the tournament final, where he would face the winner of the David Rickels vs. Karl Amossou bout[5].

In other main card action, Ryan Ford defeated Luis Santos with a knee and punches in the second round, after enduring a challenging first round. This victory highlighted Ford’s resilience and striking power[5]. Additionally, Damian Grabowski earned a unanimous decision win over Dave Huckaba in a heavyweight bout, showcasing his well-rounded skills and determination[4].

The event also featured a series of preliminary card bouts that contributed to the overall excitement of Bellator 67. Notable finishes included Will Romero’s TKO victory over Matt Veal, Nordine Taleb’s TKO win against Matt MacGrath, and Dom O’Grady’s submission win over Nathan Gunn[5].

Bellator 67 was a night that highlighted the unpredictability and thrill of mixed martial arts, with fighters like Michael Chandler and Bryan Baker solidifying their positions within the organization and hinting at future challenges against top-tier competition. The event’s outcomes set the stage for upcoming bouts and continued to build the narratives of these skilled athletes’ careers.

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