Season 9 Lightweight Tournament Launches at Bellator 101 in Portland


Bellator MMA LogoPortland’s Rose Garden Arena plays hosts to Bellator 101 on Friday, Sept. 27. The night will showcase the opening round of the Bellator Lightweight Tournament, as well as stacked preliminary card.

Tickets for the event are on sale Friday at 10 a.m. and can be purchased by visiting the Rose Garden Arena Box Office. The event will broadcast LIVE starting at 6 p.m. PST on Spike, as well as in Spanish language on mun2. The preliminary card will be streamed LIVE and FREE on Spike.com starting at 4 p.m. PST.

No stranger to the MMA game, Marcus Davis will use his veteran talent as he faces Russian submission artist Tiger Sarnavskiy. Davis is well aware of the opportunity at stake for his future, but will have to hold off Sarnavskiy, who holds an impressive 24-1 professional record.

After spending only 74 seconds in the cage with two first round knockouts last season, but falling to David Rickels in the Season 8 Tournament Final, Saad Awad is ready for redemption. Awad will face UK striker Martin Stapleton, who enters the fight riding an eight fight win streak and brings an impressive 12-1 record to the cage.

“Bellator always brings top tier athletes from around the world and I’m excited that I get to be a part of this upcoming tournament again,” Awad said. “I’ve added a few things to my arsenal and I can’t wait to showcase them and put on a great show.”

Fan favorite Will Brooks will also return to the big stage and battle MMA veteran John Alessio. After suffering just the first loss of his professional career in the Season 8 Lightweight Tournament Semifinal to Saad Awad, Brooks is ready to get back under the bright lights.

“I just want to get back in the winner circle,” Brooks said. “I have some unfinished business from last season and I am going to keep it simple, to the point and devastating for every fight. I need and want the belt and I am going to take it from whoever has it, but I am hoping it will be Michael Chandler.”

Making his Bellator debut, England’s own Rob Sinclair will battle long time veteran Rich Clementi on September 27th. With 27 submission wins in his professional career, Clementi will look to his experience in the cage to take down Sinclair, and put it all on the line for a last tournament run.

“I am so excited to have the chance to compete again,” Clementi said. “For those who have been following me, I made an official retirement a few months ago and was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea. The last few years of competing, I’ve been running on four flat tires, but after being under treatment for the last three months and my body is responding well. Fighting is who I am and the thought of not being able to do that was devastating. I am so excited to get back in the cage and show people what I am made of.”

Bellator 101 Main Card

Bellator Lightweight Tournament Opening Round Bouts:
-Marcus Davis (22-9) vs. Tiger Sarnavskiy (23-1)
-Will Brooks (10-1) vs. John Alessio (34-16)
-Saad Awad (14-5) vs. Martin Stapelton (12-1)
-Rob Sinclair (12-2) vs. Rich Clementi (45-22-1)

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