Bellator 72 heads to Tampa July 20 with Amoussou-Baker, Spiritwolf-Zaromskis III
Date: Jul 20, 2012
Location: Tampa, Florida
Venue: USF Sun Dome
Broadcast: MTV2 and Spike.com
Karl Amoussou vs. Bryan Baker - welterweight-tournament final
Waachiim Spiritwolf vs. Marius Zaromskis
Paul Daley vs. TBA
Light-heavyweight tourney semifinals
The second of Bellator's three "Summer Series" events is slated for July 20 when Bellator 72 heads to the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla.
Officials today announced the event will feature the season-six lightweight-tournament finale between Bryan Baker (18-3 MMA, 8-2 BFC) and Karl Amoussou (15-4-2 MMA, 3-1 BFC).
Additionally, welterweights Waachiim Spiritwolf (9-10-1 MMA, 0-1 BFC) and Marius Zaromskis (17-6 MMA, 1-0 BFC) meet for a third time following controversial endings to their first two fights.
Bellator 72, which also will include the semifinals of the organization's eight-man "Summer Series" light-heavyweight tournament, features an MTV2-televised main card following prelims on Spike.com.
Baker, who posted semifinal and runner-up finishes in two previous middleweight tournaments, looks for an elusive tourney championship at welterweight. He advanced to the latest finale with a split-decision victory over Carlos Alexandre Pereira and a unanimous-decision win over Ben Saunders. He's now 5-1 over his past six fights.
Amoussou, a DREAM and Strikeforce vet, punched his ticket to the tourney finale with victories over Chris Lozano (submission) and David Rickels (split decision). He's won three straight fights, all under the Bellator banner.
Spirtwolf and Zaromskis, meanwhile, square off again after a spirited Bellator 68 bout ended in disappointment. Despite a late surge that had his opponent in trouble, the fight was stopped after two rounds because of a cut near Spiritwolf's eye. The duo's first meeting came in late 2010 under the Strikeforce banner, where the fight was declared a no-contest when Spiritwolf suffered a deep eyepoke just six seconds into fight.
Zaromskis has won three straight fights while Spiritwold is stuck in a 1-5 skid.