On Thursday, April 29, the always entertaining Bellator Fighting Championships invaded the KC Live stage of downtown Kansas City’s Power and Light District for the quarterfinal round of their season two middleweight tournament.
Featured on the card were all eight of Bellator’s season two middleweight combatants, each vying for an opportunity to face season one winner and reigning champion Hector Lombard at the end of the season.
After a tremendous night of quarterfinal action, Bryan “The Beast” Baker managed to set himself apart from the rest of the middleweight pack with an impressive first round TKO victory over Sean Loeffler.
“It feels great,” Baker told Bleacher Report in an exclusive post-fight interview. “To go out there and show how Team Wildman does it, to spread God’s glory. I mean it just feels good to get past this first leg.”
Now heading into the semifinals, Baker is set to take on Eric Schambari in a rematch from their back and forth WEC 31 battle that ended with Baker earning a close split decision victory.
“I’m looking forward to what he has to offer this time. I beat him once, and I’m able, willing, and ready to do it again.”
While Baker remains focused on taking it one fight at a time, the California native’s ultimate goal is to win the season two tournament and challenge Hector Lombard for the Bellator middleweight title.
“Eric Schambari is a little bit taller form of Hector Lombard. He’s a strong dude, powerful. But with my reach and my ability and my skill, I think I can overcome both (Schambari and Lombard) of them.
“Lombard is just keeping the belt warm. He’s just comforting it for me. Making sure it’s getting nice and warm and keeping it shiny.”