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Bryan Baker Takes Inspirational Win Over Jeremy Horn at Bellator 30

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.


  • 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


  • 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
  • Dufresne says:

    Not the most exciting night of fights, but definitely not the worst.

    Horn is one of those fighters that you never know which version of is gonna show up. He can make good fighters look terrible and make average fighters look great, it’s the damnedest thing. Good job by Baker though, that was a good win for him. And more importantly, I believe I heard them say his leukemia is in remission.

    I can’t figure out how Ed West didn’t manage to finish Vega. He had so many submission attempts, but none of them were very technical. He set that triangle up with the speed of a sloth on xanax and then seemed content to leave it frustratingly low on Vega’s shoulder so there was no way to actually get the tap unless Vega just decided to quit. And his RNC attempt was painful to watch as he spent over a minute trying to lock it in as Vega defended with first 2 hands, then 1 hand, and then with 0 hands. Vega blocked at least 20-30 seconds of RNC attempt by simply tucking his chin. Props for not getting finished Vega, but I think West needs to look into finishing fights when he has that many opportunities before he spouts off another “I’m a mixed martial artist, you can’t take me out of my element because my element is the fight” interview. God he sounded like a douche nozzle.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Not bad for a guy in remission from leukamia….. what a fucking warrior.


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