Lost amid the UFC on Fox bedlam was the fact that (another) very good Bellator event was taking place on Saturday night. On a card filled with explosive finishes, Douglas Lima topped them all with his tournament winning knockout of Ben Saunders.
Though Saunders looked like he would take it early. After a see-saw opening four minutes spent in the clinch, Saunders recovered from a Lima slam to scramble into full mount. With a body triangle locked up, the UFC veteran rained elbows on his opponent until the sound of the horn.
Battered from the assault, Lima finally broke through a minute into the second frame with a looping counter right that floored Saunders. After a succession of brutal hammerfists, the Bellator season five welterweight tournament title belong to the 23-year-old, as did $100,000 and the next shot at undefeated champion Ben Askren.