Most fighters who lose by split decision believe they won the fight, and Ricardo Tirloni is no exception.
Tirloni this past Friday dropped a split call to Dave Jansen at Bellator 81 in the semifinals of the promotion's Season 7 lightweight tournament.
His dream of winning a Bellator tournament and fighting for a title will have to wait, but he said walked away with the confidence that he won the fight - and will hope to build off that, despite a loss on his record.
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In his most recent fight, Ricardo Tirloni proved his opponent wrong.
Prior to their opening-round bout in Bellator's Season 7 lightweight tournament, Rene Nazare said Tirloni had a glass jaw and couldn't withstand his power.
Tirloni, though, took his opponent's best shot and got a submission victory, and he plans to carry the momentum into tonight's Bellator 81's semifinals and a potential title fight in his native Brazil.
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After being knocked out for the first time in his pro career, Ricardo Tirloni made some changes.
And chief among those was convincing himself he needed to become a full-time fighter if he was going to make it to the next level.
Tirloni on Friday goes after that next level against Rene Nazare in the opening round of Bellator's Season 7 lightweight tournament.
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