Ben Askren and the Bellator Season 2 Finalists Are Hungry, but Are They Ready?

Brandon HinchmanCorrespondent IMay 21, 2010

A lot has happened in Bellator Season Two. We've seen knockouts, submissions, and UFC veterans come and go.

Along with a Bellator record breaking six-second knockout by what seems to be an unstoppable Hector Lombard, nobody can doubt Bellator's prominence in MMA.

In the middleweight division, there are still two quarterfinal matches that will be held on May 27th, 2010 at Bellator XX . Bryan Baker will face Eric Shambari and Alexander Shlemenko will face Jared Hess.

Baker won against Sean Loeffler by TKO due to punches, and Shambari defeated Luke Zachrin by triangle choke.

Shlemenko won his fight against Matt Major by unanimous decision, and Hess beat Ryan McGivern by guillotine choke.

However, the finalists have been determined in all other divisions. The matches are as follows:


Featherweight: Joe Warren vs. Patricio Freire

Warren has showed a lot of heart in his Bellator matches. He's pulled out of numerous submission attempts only to come back and win.

Freire is very dangerous at 14-0-0, and although his last fight went to decision, he has numerous submissions on his record.

Lightweight: Pat Curran vs. Toby Imada

Curran is the fighter who beat the UFC vet Roger Huerta and sent him home. As a reuslt, he's an obvious threat.

Imada is famous for his inverted triangle choke victory in Bellator Season One. With 16 out of his 25 victories coming from submission, he will be tough on the ground for anyone he contends with.

Welterweight: Ben Askren vs. Dan Hornbuckle

Askren is another undefeated fighter that has a few submissions on his record. In his last match, he proved he could go the distance, which he might need against Hornbuckle.

Hornbuckle has an impressive 21-2 record, and he loves giving triangle chokes. Oddly enough, though, both of his losses were due to triangle choke.


Bellator champs Joe Soto, Eddie Alvarez, Lyman Good, and Hector Lombard will no doubt be challenged in their title defenses. The Bellator finalists are hungry, and many have impressive heart.

In the coming days, we will see which of these finalists will face their division's champ, so be sure to watch.