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Ricardo Tirloni was pretty happy about his fight with Marcin Held – until he got a bit of a lottery ticket to take a step up the ladder into Bellator's Season 9 lightweight touranment for free. read news >>
A knee injury has forced England’s Rob Sinclair out of the Bellator Season 9 Lightweight Tournament. Sinclair will be replaced by Bellator veteran Ricardo Tirloni. read news >>
Rob Sinclair's debut for Bellator MMA has been put on hold, and Ricardo Tirloni is the beneficiary. Tirloni will meet Rich Clementi in the upcoming lightweight tourney with Sinclair out with a knee injury. read news >>
Bellator will open its Season 9 lightweight tournament in September with a field of eight fighters who have combined for 172 career victories – and one who will come out of retirement. read news >>
Season 7 lightweight finalist Marcin Held was surprised that Rich Clementi went to the ground with him, but nonetheless thankful. But tonight, he has Dave Jansen on his mind and a Bellator tournament title. read news >>
Sixty-eight professional mixed martial arts fights, no matter against who or where, is not too shabby.
The fact that Rich Clementi has done it all across the country and around the world for the biggest promotions just has to be icing on the cake. But this week, after 13 years in the sport, Clementi decided to hang up the gloves.
Just three days after a loss in Bellator's lightweight tournament semifinals, Clementi announced his retirement on his Facebook page.
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Rich Clementi has retired from active competition in mixed martial arts. read news >>
Rich Clementi was bound and determined to not let Marcin Held and his leg lock obsession keep him from moving on.
But Held had other plans. The Polish lightweight spent most of the first round looking for any kind of a leg lock he could get, and in the second finally got it. Clementi tapped, and the 20-year-old Held moved on in Bellator's Season 7 lightweight tournament.
The fight closed out Bellator 81 at Ryan Center at The University of Rhode Island in Kingston. The MTV2-televised ma read news >>
Maybe Marcin Held wants to try to take Rich Clementi's leg home with him Friday night.
And maybe Clementi doesn't really care. He knows Held has half of his wins by submission, and lately that has meant latching onto a leg and cranking for all it's worth.
But when the two meet at Bellator 81, Clementi believes his vast edge in experience will make all the difference and put him into the Season 7 lightweight tournament finals.
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All four Season 7 lightweight tournament semifinalists hit their contracted marks at Thursday’s Bellator 81 weigh-ins. read news >>
The mantra is probably about as old as fighting itself: "I'm not looking past (Insert Opponent Here)."
There probably was no pre-fight news conference where Goliath said, "I'm not looking past David - I need to concentrate on this one fight in front of me and then think about what's next." But point being, fighters love to say it, even if they don't mean it.
And then there's Marcin Held. Even if he's not looking past his next opponent, at least he's honest enough to say what he really read news >>