The 170lbs. division is gearing up for another season-long Bellator tournament set to kick off in March. With a wealth of returning talent, two towering giants, a UFC veteran, and a wrecking machine all set to meet inside the Bellator cage, the fireworks are sure to fly. Eight hungry contenders will enter but only one will earn a title shot.
Returning to the cage after his tournament finale loss to eventual champion “The Phenom” Douglas Lima (19-4) is “Killa B” Ben Saunders (12-3). A Bruce Lee-inspired approach to fighting has lead the man who owns some of the deadliest knees and elbows in MMA to the finals before, and this time Saunders will make the needed adjustments to rectify the mistake. Saunders has the talent, the range, and the aggression to beat anyone at any time but in Season 6 he will have even more motivation to prove it.
Chael Sonnen (24-11-1) certainly managed to dodge the bullet in regards to his issues with the law or at least reduce the damage to a flesh wound. Yesterday, Sonnen plead guilty to charges of Federal Money Laundering in connection with Mortgage Fraud, an offense that has seen many other realtors imprisoned and all but crucified by the Department of Justice following the collapse of the housing market . Sonnen faced a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a hefty $500,000 fine but managed to plea down to just two years probation, the revocation of his real estate license, and a fine of $10,000, provided the District Attorney doesn’t decided to pursue additional charges or change the arrangements in light of new findings.