Bellator Lightweight Tournament Semifinal Pairings Set for Bellator 81 in November


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Bellator LogoBellator 81 will host the semifinal round of the Season 7 Lightweight Tournament on Nov. 17 at the Ryan Center in Kingston, Rhode Island.

The semifinalists earned their spots on Friday night at Bellator 77.

UFC veteran Rich Clementi topped previously undefeated Russian prospect Alexander Sarnavskiy in a three-round split decision.

Marcin Held moved on with a unanimous decision victory over Murad Machaev, another previously unbeaten Russian that had his American debut spoiled on Friday night.

WEC veteran Dave Jansen also moved a step closer to a shot at the Bellator lightweight championship with his guillotine submission of Magomed Saadulaev just 41 seconds into round three.

Ricardo Tirloni earned his spot with a impressive D’Arce choke finish of Rene Nazare.

The Bellator 81 semifinal pairings were announced following Friday night’s bouts, as follows:

Rich Clementi vs. Marcin Held
Dave Jansen vs. Ricardo Tirloni

Current Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler next faces Rick Hawn, likely on one of the first Bellator events to take place when the promotion moves over to Spike TV in January 2013.

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for more Bellator news and updates.

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