Bryan “The Beast” Baker has faced some tough opposition during the last month, and he capped off his battle with those challenges with a win over the well-traveled MMA icon Jeremy Horn at Bellator 30.
Baker was diagnosed with chronic leukemia in April, and the 25-year-old went into remission three weeks ago. Despite his illness, Baker was confident his strong suit would pull him through against the experienced submission expert Horn.
“I definitely knew I had to take the last two rounds,” Baker said. “That was the game plan. My conditioning, I knew, would be above his.”
Baker, who fell just short of the title during Bellator Fighting Championship’s season-two middleweight tournament, took a grind-it-out decision against UFC vet and MMA icon Jeremy Horn in the featured bout at Thursday’s Bellator 30 event.
The card took place at Fourth Street Live! in Louisville, Ky., and aired on FOX Sports Net.
MAIN CARD RESULTS
- Bryan Baker def. Jeremy Horn via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Zach Makovsky def. Bryan Goldsby via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Ed West def. Jose Vega via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Brent Weedman def. Jacob McClintock via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:05
PRELIMINARY CARD RESULTS
- Thomas “T.J.” Barber vs. B.J. Ferguson
- John Troyer def. Josh Clark via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Ron Sparks def. Greg Maynard via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 0:50
- Jeremiah Riggs def. Mike Fleniken via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Mike O’Donnell def. Stoney Hale via submission (armbar) – Round 2, 0:50