On March 21, Bellator MMA Lightweight and Welterweight Tournaments will be decided at Maine’s Androscoggin Bank Colisee as submission ace and Polish phenom Marcin Held takes on Dave Jansen in the long awaited Lightweight Tournament Final, while the final two Season 8 Welterweight participants square off for their guaranteed title shot, live on Spike TV.
Only 20 and holding an impressive 15-2 record, polish phenom Marcin Held stormed through the opening rounds of the lightweight tournament, collecting explosive victories over Murad Machaev and longtime MMA veteran Rich Clementi. Held is a victory away from capturing his first Bellator Tournament crown and a guaranteed title shot.
For Jansen, the charismatic lightweight enters the Bellator Finals riding a five fight win streak and is fully prepared for the test that awaits him on March 21, in what undoubtedly be the biggest fight of his career.
“I’ve had a lot of time to work on my game plan and really focus on this fight on March 21st,” Jansen said. “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.”
The night will also feature a collection of heavyweights, as Brett “Da Grim” Rogers returns to the Bellator cage to take on Eric Prindle. After suffering a broken arm in his fight with eventual Bellator Heavyweight Champion Alexander Volkov, Rogers is ready for a shot at redemption on March 21st.
“I am looking forward to getting back in the Bellator cage and a chance to fight on Spike TV,” Rogers said. “In my last fight I broke my forearm but I am fully recovered, training at American Top Team and this time the only thing breaking will be my opponent. Now that I am at ATT I am a new and smarter fighter.”
Longtime veteran Travis Wiuff also returns, this time at heavyweight to battle Colorado native Ryan Martinez. Previously fighting at heavyweight, Wiuff is now at his more natural weight, and looking to continue his illustrious career that has seen him compile an astonishing 68-16 record.
The preliminaries will be headlined by Maine native and fan favorite Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” Davis taking on Waachiim Spiritwolf in a welterweight affair. Davis has found a home in Bellator, and looking to put on a show against Spiritwolf in his promotional debut.
“Having the chance to fight for a promotion like Bellator in front of my friends, family and fans is a dream come true,” Davis said. “It’s great to find a new home and fight for one of the biggest promotions in the world.”
The full card for Bellator MMA from Lewiston, Maine can be found below:
Lightweight Tournament Finals Fight: Dave Jansen vs. Marcin Held
Welterweight Tournament Finals Fight: TBD vs. TBD
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Ryan Martinez vs. Travis Wiuff
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Brett Rogers vs. Eric Prindle
Welterweight Feature Fight: Waachiim Spiritwolf vs. Marcus Davis
Featherweight Feature Fight: Vince Murdock vs. John Raio
Welterweight Feature Fight: Ryan Sanders vs. Michael Page
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Brent Dillingham vs. Mike Mucitelli
Middleweight Feature Fight: Luc Bondole vs. Joe Pacheco
Middleweight Feature Fight: Jason Butcher vs. Jack Hermansson
Middleweight Feature Fight: Dave Vitkay vs. Jesse Peterson
Lightweight Feature Fight: Jesse Erickson vs. Jon Lemke