Jansen denied Marcin Held | Photo: Keith
A sixth straight win carried Dave Jansen
to a title shot.
Superb submission defense and opportunistic ground-and-pound
spurred Jansen to a unanimous verdict over Marcin Held
in the Bellator MMA Season 7 lightweight tournament final at
93 on Thursday at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston,
Maine. All three cageside judges struck the same decision: 29-28
for Jansen (19-2, 6-0 Bellator), who secured a $100,000 payday and
with it a shot at unbeaten 155-pound champion Michael
“I feel total elation, relief and just gratitude,” Jansen said.
The 33-year-old Sports Lab representative turned the tide in his
favor in the second round, where he mounted Held and made the
Polish grappling wiz pay for his repeated leg lock attempts. Jansen
met his advances with punches, elbows and hammerfists, all while
maintaining top position. By the time round three arrived, Held
(15-3, 4-2 Bellator) was spent. Jansen popped him with leg kicks
and punching combinations, forcing the weary 21-year-old to pull
guard in desperation.
Held again turned to his trusted submission, first fishing for an
inverted heel hook and later for an ankle lock. Neither was
successful, and Jansen resumed his assault from the top.
Martinez Volley Wipes Out Wiuff
Martinez posted his seventh win in eight outings, as he stopped
the well-traveled Travis Wiuff
on first-round punches in a featured heavyweight matchup. Wiuff
(68-17, 4-2 Bellator) met his end 18 seconds into round one.
Martinez teed off on Wiuff.
Martinez (9-2, 2-1 Bellator) floored the hulking Minnesotan with a
powerful combination punctuated by a clean left hook and sealed the
deal with a series of standing-to-ground right hands.
“I felt real relaxed,” Martinez said. “Even before I came out, I
told my corner, ‘I feel weird. I feel too relaxed.’ They said,
‘That’s good.’ I said, ‘No, I want to feel like you guys.’ It all
Davis Groin Strike Results in No Contest
An inadvertent below-the-belt knee strike from
Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Marcus Davis
resulted in a no contest with Waachim Spiritwolf in a welterweight
showcase. The blow brought an anti-climactic conclusion to their
bout in the first round.
Davis vs. Spiritwolf ended prematurely.
Neither man established a foothold in the match, as they spent much
of their time posturing and pawing at one another. Davis (21-9, 0-0
Bellator) sprawled on a Spiritwolf takedown attempt, fished for a
standing guillotine choke and reversed position against the
With Spiritwolf (9-11-1, 1-2 Bellator) in a crouch, Davis fired an
errant knee to the groin, leaving his 37-year-old foe unable to
Page, Vitkay Score Lightning-Quick Finishes
In preliminary action,
London Shootfighters export Michael
Page (4-0, 1-0 Bellator) knocked out Ryan
Sanders (4-4, 0-1 Bellator) a mere 10 seconds into their
welterweight tilt; Atlanta-based journeyman Dave Vitkay
(12-12-1, 1-0 Bellator) rendered Jesse
Peterson (7-3, 0-1 Bellator) unconscious with a guillotine
choke 18 seconds into the first round of their middleweight affair;
Team Jorge Gurgel
Butcher (6-0, 3-0 Bellator) submitted Jack
Hermansson (5-2, 0-2 Bellator) with a triangle choke 2:24 into
round one of their middleweight battle; Mitch Mucitelli (5-0, 3-0
Bellator) delivered his fifth consecutive first-round finish, as he
coaxed a tapout from Brent
Dillingham (0-1, 0-1 Bellator) with a belly-down armbar 2:48
into their light heavyweight clash; North Carolina’s Joe Pacheco
(6-0, 2-0 Bellator) submitted Pierry
Pierre (3-3, 0-1 Bellator) with a keylock 1:54 into the first
round of their middleweight encounter; Vince
Murdock (2-0, 1-0 Bellator) stopped John Raio
(0-2, 0-1 Bellator) with elbows and punches 4:01 into round three
of their featherweight scrap; and Jonathan
Lemke (2-0, 1-0 Bellator) dispatched Jesse
Erickson (0-1, 0-1 Bellator) with a multi-strike combination
2:50 into the first round of their lightweight duel.
Page demolished Sanders with one blow.