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Welterweight tourney first round
Ben Askren (3-0) -280 vs. Ryan Thomas (10-3) +210
Former 2008 Olympic wrestler Ben Askren looks to continue the early success of his young MMA career against the hungry Central Illinois native and UFC veteran Ryan “The Tank Engine” Thomas.
Wilson Reis (9-1) -315 vs. Shad Lierley (5-2) +255
Wilson Reis begins his quest for a re-match with Bellator Featherweight Champion Joe Soto. However, the tested chin of IFL standout Shad Lierley stands in his way.Lightweight tourney first round
Toby Imada (23-13) -190 vs. James Krause (11-2) +150
WEC veteran James Krause faces off against Bellator Season 1 lightweight runner-up Toby Imada, who stunned the MMA world with the now-infamous inverted triangle choke, named the unanimous submission of the year.Pat Curran (9-3) +195 vs. Mike Ricci (5-0) -245
The young up-and-coming Chicago native Pat Curran, who hopes to mirror the success of his cousin Jeff Curran, faces Georges St. Pierre prodigy and much-talked-about Canadian prospect Mike Ricci.