Bellator’s latest lightweight tournament winner will be decided
on March 7 at Bellator 92, as Dave Jansen
meets Marcin Held
in the evening’s main event.
Promotion officials announced the news Friday, revealing that the
show will take place at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula,
Calif. The evening’s main draw airs live on Spike TV, while the
preliminary draw streams immediately prior on Facebook.
Jansen and Held were initially expected to clash at
Bellator 84 in Season 7, but that bout was scrapped at the last
minute when Held -- only 20 years old at the time -- was not
allowed to enter the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind. The winner
of their rescheduled main event will earn a $100,000 payday and a
guaranteed shot at Bellator’s lightweight belt.
Now 21, Held is still one of Bellator’s youngest competitors. The
leg lock specialist joined the promotion in 2011 and was defeated
by future Bellator kingpin Michael
Chandler in the Season 4 tournament quarterfinals. Following a
trio of victories, the Pole entered the Season 7 draw, edging
Russian talent Murad
Machaev in the round of eight before submitting UFC vet
Clementi in the semifinals on Nov. 16.
Jansen, meanwhile, has used Bellator to rejuvenate his career.
Following back-to-back defeats and a subsequent release from World
Extreme Cagefighting, the 33-year-old posted three straight wins in
the Bellator cage to earn his spot in the Season 7 tourney. “The
Fugitive” extended his winning streak to five fights with
hard-fought tournament wins over Magomed
Saadulaev and Ricardo
Tirloni, bringing his career record to 18-2.
“I’ve had a lot of time to work on my game plan and really focus on
this fight on March 7,” Jansen said in the official release.
“Marcin has the total package when it comes to submissions, so I
know what I need to focus on to win this fight and get a shot at
the Bellator title.”