Baker and Horn will fight in the main event of Bellator 30 (Photo courtesy of Bellator).
Huge Middleweight Pairing Highlights Louisville Card
Louisville, Ky. (Thursday, September 23, 2010) – Bellator Fighting Championships return to action tonight when Bellator 30 heads into Fourth Street Live! in Louisville, Kentucky. Headlining the show, which airs live on Fox Sports Net, will be a pairing of 110-bout MMA veteran Jeremy Horn (86-19-5) and former WEC fighter Bryan Baker (13-2).
“Bryan was the favorite going into our Season 2 Middleweight Tournament and deserves another high caliber fight to put him right back in the mix,” Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney stated. “Jeremy Horn will be a perfect test for Bryan, and fans should be looking forward to a great fight.”
Baker advanced to the Bellator Middleweight Tournament Finals last season, but he was then upset by Alexander Shlemenko (30-4) via a first round TKO. The loss was just the second in his professional career, and it also marked the first knockout on his MMA resume that he had ever suffered.
“The whole goal was to have a shot at the title and I didn’t get to that point, so obviously there is disappointment,” Baker reflected. “I didn’t get much of a chance to show my abilities in that fight, but I’m excited I get another chance in Louisville to give the fans a good show.”
Standing in front of Baker tonight is one of the most experienced fighters in the history of the MMA game in Horn. The Nebraska native has fought professionally for nearly 15 years, and the UFC veteran will battle for the 111th time when he steps into the Bellator cage in Louisville. Among some of the highlights of his illustrious career include both a 15 and 22-match unbeaten streak, and he is currently riding a six-bout winning streak. Some of his signature victories include wins over Forrest Griffin, Chuck Liddell and defeating Chael Sonnen on three separate occasions. He also battled Dan Severn to a draw in 1997, and he has additionally fought such prominent Mixed Martial Artists as Randy Couture, Frank Shamrock and Anderson Silva.
“As the sport progresses on, my experience starts to mean less and less in the ring,” Horn commented. “I obviously have a good understanding of when to stay calm and when to turn things on, but for the most part, I feel like a lot of us are on a pretty level playing field. With a guy like Bryan, he is a well rounded fighter that doesn’t have a lot of weaknesses, and it’s just going to be a great fight.”
Also on tap for tonight is the two Bellator Bantamweight Semifinal Matches, with pairings of Jose Vega (8-3) against Ed West (13-4) and Bryan Goldsby (15-7) facing Zach Makovsky (9-2). Also on the main card is a welterweight meeting between Jacob McClintock and Brett Weedman.