Bellator LogoBellator 81 took place on Friday night at the Ryan Center in Kingston, Rhode Island.

The Season 7 Lightweight Tournament finals are now set after the semifinalists battled it out on Friday night.

Polish fighter Marcin Held was relentless, eventually submitting UFC veteran Rich Clementi with a toe hold just past the midway point of round two. The victory earned him a spot in the lightweight finals opposite Dave Jansen.

Jansen claimed his spot in the finals with a narrow split decision victory over Ricardo Tirloni, after the two battled for the full 15 minutes, leaving it to the judges to determine a winner.

Marlon Sandro returned to the Bellator cage with a quick first-round submission victory over Dustin Neace. Sandro locked on a rear naked choke, putting Neace out cold before he could tap out.

Kicking off the main card, Perry Filkins scored a unanimous decision victory over Jonas Billstein.

Bellator 81 Full Results

Main Card:
-Marcin Held def. Rich Clementi by Submission (Toe Hold) at 3:04, R2
-Dave Jansen def. Ricardo Tirloni by Split Decision, R3
-Marlon Sandro def. Dustin Neace by Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:05, R1
-Perry Filkins def. Jonas Billstein by Unanimous Decision, R3

Preliminary Card:
-Ruben Rey def. Robbie LeRoux by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Andrew Calandrelli def. Eric Brown by Submission (Armbar) at 3:10, R2
-Dan Cramer def. Joe Lamoureux by KO (Punches) at 3:26, R1
-Murad Machaev def. Lorawnt-T Nelson by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Mike Mucitelli def. Matt Uhde by Submission (Armbar) at 0:26, R1
-Brennan Ward def. Sam McCoy by KO (Punches) at 2:49, R1
-Matt Bessette def. Paul Barrow by Unanimous Decision, R3

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