The final semifinal bouts of Bellator’s seventh season were held tonight at Bellator 81 inside the Ryan Center in Kingston, Rhode Island. Lightweights Rich Clementi, Marcin Held, Dave Jansen and Ricardo Tirloni were vying for the two spots in the final and a shot at the $100k and the Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler.
Before the lightweight entered the cage two-time featherweight tournament finalist Marlon Sando handed Dustin Neace a quick defeat in his Bellator debut. Sandro was looking to earn another shot at the featherweight tournament with an impressive victory and that’s just what the Brazilian did. Also on the Bellator 81 main card was Perry Filkins as he out lasted Jonas Billstein to earn his first win inside the Bellator cage.
Below is the Bellator 81 Main card results which aired live on MTV2:
155 lbs. Tournament Semifinals: Marcin Held defeated Rich Clementi by 2nd rd. Toe Hold Submission (3:04)
- Marcin Held kept fishing for the leg over and over again and once the veteran Rich Clementi made the wrong move it was over. Clementi was on the defensive the whole fight and just couldn’t keep the fight in his control.
155 lbs. Tournament Semifinals: Dave Jansen defeated Ricardo Tirloni by Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Great fight between the lightweights that ended in a decision many thought went the wrong way. Dave Jensen and Ricardo Tirloni didn’t use their grappling instead they went toe to toe for 15 minutes. Tirloni looked to have taken over after an opening round that saw him get rocked and slammed. He tightened up his striking and appeared to be winning the fight. It was a close fight and when they are close it’s the little things and Jansen scored a very late slam that might have persuaded a judge or two.
145 lbs.: Marlon Sandro defeated Dustin Neace by 1st rd. Rear-Naked Choke Submission (2:05)
- Dustin Neace was outclassed in his first Bellator fight. Marlon Sandro got the fight to the ground and even though he clearly grabbed the fence near the end of the fight, Sandro was in complete control.
185 lbs.: Perry Filkins defeated Jonas Billstein by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- The fight might have started out slow and get even slower in round two but man did Perry Filkins turn it on in the final round. Jonas Billstein appeared to be taking over the fight as the fight headed to the third round but a front kick in the final frame woke Filkins up and he took over.
Preliminary Card Results:
135 lbs.: Ruben Rey defeated Robbie LeRoux by Unanimous Decision
155 lbs.: Matt Bessette defeated Paul Barrow by Unanimous Decision
185 lbs.: Brennan Ward defeated Sam McCoy by 1st rd. KO (2:49)
210 lbs.: Mike Mucitell defeated Matt Uhde by 1st rd. Arm Bar Submission (0:25)
185 lbs.: Dan Cramer defeated Joe Lamoureux by 1st rd. KO (3:26)
155 lbs.: Andrew Calandrelli defeated Eric Brown by 2nd rd. Armbar Submission (3:10)
165 lbs.: Murad Machaev defeated Lorawnt-T Nelson by Unanimous Decision
After tonight’s Bellator 81 there is only three more cards before season seven comes to an end and Bellator returns next year on Spike TV.