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Bellator 87 Results: Lightweight semifinals set after wins from Sarnavskiy, Awad, Brooks, and Rickels

Bellator 87 BannerThe last two weeks have delivered a trio of title-fights from Bellator, setting Season 8 up to be one of the most exciting in promotional history with the added bonus of exposure on Spike TV. Though Bellator 87 didn’t feature any gold up for grabs, the lineup marked the opening round of the lightweight tournament aimed at awarding one man a crack at the champion.

Tonight’s match-ups included Saad Awad-Guillaume DeLorenzi, Will Brooks-Ricardo Tirloni, Alexander Sarnavskiy-Thiago Michel, and David Rickels-Lloyd Woodard. Injecting a bit of fun into the mix, Rickels and Woodard also agreed that the loser of their bout will have to shear off his trademark facial hair.

Coming away clean-shaven in their clash was Woodard after losing a Unanimous Decision to “The Caveman”. A spirited first frame saw Woodard keep relentless pressure on Rickels who responded with a number of submission attempts, locking up a Triangle Choke the Montana native had to fight his way out of. The following period was equally entertaining with a bit more stand-up involved including each man eating some stiff shots. Rickels was able to build off the damage in the final round, landing combos at will despite being unable to actually drop the tremendously tough Woodard.

Also victorious at the event, Brooks maintained his unbeaten record by outpointing BJJer Tirloni due to his takedowns and top control, while Awad cleaned DeLorenzi’s clock in the opening round of action and Sarnavskiy submitted Michel to improve his overall record to 22-1.

Read below for a rundown of Bellator 87 winners/losers:

Tony Zelinski def.Nick Kirk via Split Decision
Sam Quito def. Ben Lagman via Submission Round 2 (Kneebar)
J.P. Reese def. David Shepherd via Unanimous Decision
Amir Killah def. John Schulz via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke/Neck Crank)
Karl Etherington def. Jason Fish via Verbal Submission Round 1 (Strikes)
Jason Fischer def. Sevak Magakian via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Alexander Sarnavskiy def. Thiago Michel via Submission Round 2 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Saad Awad def. Guillaume DeLorenzi via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
Will Brooks def. Ricardo Tirloni via Unanimous Decision
David Rickels def. Lloyd Woodard via Unanimous Decision


  • Lord Faust says:

    Bellator’s heavyweight division never fails to amaze. For all the wrong reasons.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Whys that?

  • Lord Faust says:

    That fight was terrible on every conceivable, measurable level. It’s the first time I’ve seen wheezing qualify as a verbal submission.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    I miss the play by play for whenever I can’t watch the cards

  • THEGUNNER says:

    Bellitor will always just be there to pick up the rampage jacksons of mma. Some how no one will compare to ufc.its crazy boxing didnt have different organazations to badd mma wasnt the same.

  • Dude, main card has.been sick all.3 Weeks. I cant wsit.for next week Falcao vs Schemenko is an exciting fight!

  • hindsightufuk says:

    whats crazy is people thinking Bellator is just picking up the shite that drops from Zuffas arse hair.
    Bellator have some of the best scouts in all MMA, and they are bringing through immense talent that i guarentee the UFC would love to have. and i also guarentee that if the pitbull brothers, Curran, Chandler, Volkov, Askren, Dantas, Lima, Sandro, Schlemenko, Alvarez, Ammassou, Popo, Sarnavsky, Vegh, Weedman, Straus, Shamalaev, Rickels, Koreshkov, were fighting in the UFC they would all be considered top 10 fighters or there abouts


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