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