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Bellator welterweight MMA tourney bout off; Marcus Davis fight elevated to main card

Robert F. Bukaty | BDN
Robert F. Bukaty | BDN
Marcus Davis addresses the crowd during the Maine Event, Saturday, April 30, 2011, at the Stevens Avenue Armory in Portland, Maine.
By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff

LEWISTON, Maine — The Bellator MMA mixed martial arts card set for March 21 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee has lost one of its main events.

The promotion’s $100,000 welterweight tournament final scheduled to headline the event had to be postponed this week when one of the combatants, Douglas Lima, suffered a broken hand in training.

That 170-pound bout between Lima and Ben Saunders now is expected to take place this summer.

“Douglas and Ben are two of the most exciting and explosive welterweights in the game today, and while it’s disappointing to have to delay this fight, injuries are a part of our game and I have no doubt it will be absolute fireworks this summer when these two meet,” Bellator chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney said in a press release.

The 11-bout card, which begins at 8 p.m. and includes several fights to be televised live on Spike TV beginning at 10 p.m., still features the Bellator lightweight (155-pound) tournament final between Dave Jansen (18-2) and Marcin Held (15-2).

Two heavyweight battles also will be part of the main card, with Ryan Martinez (8-2) against Travis Wiuff (66-15) and Brett Rogers (12-5) against Eric Prindle (9-3).

The fourth main-card fight now will have former UFC contender Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” Davis (21-9) of Bangor making his Bellator debut against Waachiim Spiritwolf of San Diego (9-11-1) in a welterweight bout.

That Davis fight originally was scheduled to be part of the preliminary card — which will be available for streaming free of charge on Spike.com — but was moved up when the welterweight tournament final was scratched.

The preliminary and post-TV undercard will feature several other Maine-based fighters, including Brewer’s “The” Ryan Sanders and Jon Lemke, John “First Class” Raio of Topsham, Jesse Peterson of Rumford, and Jesse Erickson and Brent “Frosty” Dillingham, both of Auburn.

Boetsch slated for UFC 162 bout

Lincolnville native Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch will attempt to bounce back from his first loss since 2010 when he takes on Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Munoz in a middleweight bout as part of the UFC 162 card scheduled for July 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The 32-year-old Boetsch, a former four-time wrestling state champion at Camden-Rockport High School during the late 1990s, is 16-5 overall after suffering a technical knockout loss to Costa Philippou at 2:11 of the third round as part of the UFC 155 card held last Dec. 29, also in Las Vegas.

Boetsch suffered an injured right hand early in that fight, then suffered from blurry vision when he was poked in the left eye as Philippou tried to deflect a punch during the second round.

The loss ended a four-fight winning streak for Boetsch since he dropped down from the light-heavyweight (205-pound) ranks to the middleweight (185-pound) division — a run that included victories over highly regarded Yushin Okami and Hector Lombard that elevated Boetsch into the upper echelon of UFC fighters in that weight class.

The 35-year-old Munoz, from Mission Viejo, Calif., is 12-3, but hasn’t fought since being knocked out by Chris “The All-American” Wideman last July — a defeat that ended his four-match winning streak.

Wideman had been scheduled to be Boetsch’s UFC 155 opponent until he suffered a shoulder injury and was replaced on that card by Philippou.

Wideman is now part of the main event for UFC 162, as he’ll challenge Anderson “The Spider” Silva for the UFC middleweight championship.

Wood earns second pro victory

Bucksport native Ray “All Business” Wood improved his professional MMA record to 2-0 last weekend with a third-round technical knockout of Walter Smith Cotito of Milford, N.H.

The featherweight (145-pound) bout was part of the Combat Zone 43 card held at Rockingham Park in Salem, N.H.

Wood, who trains out of Young’s MMA in Bangor, used his rapidly developing standing game of strikes and kicks to establish early control over Cotito, then finished off his opponent at 4:20 of the final round by putting him on his back and using a series of elbows to prompt the referee to stop the fight.

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