The two men who will face off down the road for the honor of facing Bellator lightweight champ Michael Chandler, as well as a heap of cash, emerged last night at Bellator 81 thanks to a pair of tournament semifinal scraps set at the top of the card. The clashes in question featured Dave Jansen-Ricardo Tirloni and Marcin Held-Rich Clementi, the latter of which served as the show’s headlining tilt.
The 17-2 Jansen is notched his fifth straight win at the show, narrowly outpointing Tirloni. Meanwhile, the 20-year old Held has also found success in a quintet of consecutive bouts after submitting the seasoned veteran Clementi with one of his patented leg attacks.
Also scheduled, featherweight stand-out Marlon Sandro mixed it up with TUF alumnus Dustin Neace and outclassed him from start to finish, picking up a quick Rear-Naked Choke victory.
A full list of Bellator 81 results can be found below:
Ruben Rey def. Robbie LeRoux via Unanimous Decision
Matt Bessette def. Paul Barrow via Unanimous Decision
Brennan Ward def. Sam McCoy via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Mike Mucitelli def. Matt Uhde via Submission Round 1 (Armbar)
Murad Machaev def. Lorawnt-T Nelson via Unanimous Decision
Dan Cramer def. Joe Lamoureux via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Andrew Calandrelli def. Eric Brown via Submission Round 2 (Armbar)
Perry Filkins def. Jonas Billstein via Unanimous Decision
Marlon Sandro def. Dustin Neace via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Dave Jansen def. Ricardo Tirloni via Split decision
Marcin Held def. Rich Clementi via Submission Round 2 (Toe Hold)
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