Bellator’s Season 9 Welterweight Tourney Gets “Blud”dy

Vaughn Anderson with snake blood and other delights

Vaughn Anderson with snake blood and other delights

Former top 10 ranked Canadian Middleweight Vaughn “Blud” Anderson (16-1-1) will make his long awaited North American debut when he meets War Machine (13-4) in Bellator’s season 9 Welterweight tournament.

Anderson, a member of Legacy Gym, is currently riding a 12 fight unbeaten streak a lone draw to Dong Hyun Kim is the only blemish keeping him from a perfect 12 fight win. The man know as “Blud” has not fought since he won a close majority decision over Hae Jun Yang in May 2012, prior to that Anderson won a 1 night Heavyweight tournament where he finished all three opponents to earn the crown in December 2011.

War Machine, formenly known as John Koppenhaver, was recently released from prison for a second time and made his first cage appearance since 2011 by TKOing Blas Avena earlier this summer at Bellator 96. A UFC veteran who holds notable wins over Roger Huerta, Guillaume De Lorenzi and Zach Light has been chomping at the bit to show off his skills in the Bellator Welterweight division. With his dream fight with Paul Daley now very unlikely with Daley’s departure from the promotion, Machine has already set his sights on a match up with Bellator champion Ben Askren.

Bellator 100 goes down September 20th from Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix, Az. The rest of the season 9 Welterweight tournament field include Justin Baesman vs. Brent Weedman, Luis Melo vs. Matt Riddle and Mark Scanlon vs. Herman Terrado. The card will be main evented by the long awaited season 8 Welterweight tourney finale featuring Ben Saunders taking on Douglas Lima, which oddly enough is a rematch of the season 5 finale where Lima TKO’d Saunders in the second round.

8 Responses to “ Bellator’s Season 9 Welterweight Tourney Gets “Blud”dy ”

  1. Jamie Locke says:

    I thought it was a different Dong Hyun Kim that he fought?

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  2. Jamie Locke says:

    Yup, definitely a different Kim

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  3. Don Wilson says:

    Good eyes Jamie, updated post.

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  4. Brent Fryia says:

    I know the Dong Hyun Kim that Anderson fought from my time in Korea. It is in fact a different Dong Hyun than the one who fights in the UFC. To make it even more confusing, he trains at the same gym as the UFC’s Dong Hyun Kim. He has a good sense of humour and refers to himself as Dong Hyun Kim “B”.

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  5. EPerez says:

    “B”. Thats funny.

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  6. Jamie Locke says:

    Is he still in Thailand for this training camp or has he moved back to North America?

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  7. Matt says:

    warmachine is going to destroy him, the last time we heard of this guy was when Topmmanews posted a link to a fight he had over seas and well to be blunt he was very lacklustre. Very shocked Bellator is gonna bring him in to the states and giving him a tournament spot considering 99% of people have no idea who he is even

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  8. Keelan Smyth says:

    This guy has such a paded record, not a single fighter on his record with any experience
    I keep hoping that the Canadian tournament losing streak will end but this is not the fighter to do it. War Machine TKO’s him in the first and we won’t see Anderson again in North America

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