Marcin Held (left) made UFC veteran Rich Clementi cry uncle. | Keith Mills/Sherdog.com
Held submitted UFC veteran Rich
Clementi with a toe hold in the Bellator Fighting Championships
Season 7 lightweight tournament semifinals at
Bellator 81 on Friday at the Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I.
Clementi (45-22-1, 2-1 Bellator) conceded defeat 3:04 into round
two, his modest three-fight winning streak a thing of the past.
Held painfully tapped out Clementi.
“Rich is a very good, very tough opponent,” Held said. “This is the best feeling in the world.”
Jansen slipped by Tirloni via split decision.
Jansen (18-2, 5-0 Bellator) did his best work in the first round, where he floored his Brazilian counterpart with a clean left hook and scored with a pair of takedowns.
Tirloni (15-3, 2-2 Bellator) seemed to bounce back in the second, as he cracked the Sports Lab representative repeatedly with left hooks, right crosses and a stiff left jab.
Round three followed a similar narrative, as Tirloni stayed one step ahead in the standup, beating the American to the punch. Jansen made his final plea to the judges in the closing seconds, as he transitioned to Tirloni’s back and scored with a belly-to-back suplex.
“I’m feeling great,” Jansen said. “I kind of pictured the fight like that. Tirloni’s definitely got heavy hands. I felt like I was able to make him miss and make him pay.”
Sandro choked Neace out cold.
Sandro (23-4, 6-2 Bellator) backed up a left hook with a takedown and moved immediately to side control. The situation only grew more troubling for Neace (23-19-1, 0-1 Bellator). Sandro transitioned to his back after an ill-advised heel hook attempt, snaked his arms around the neck and brought the bout to a close.
The 35-year-old Sandro still has never suffered back-to-back defeats as a professional.
Filkins took two rounds from Billstein.
The two middleweights appeared to split the first two rounds, giving way to a decisive third. There, a Billstein front kick to the face seemed to get Filkins’ adrenaline pumping. The 24-year-old American channeled his inner Ric Flair, ramped up his aggression and stayed busy with heavy power punches.
Filkins sealed it in the final half minute when he moved to full mount after a fatigued Billstein (10-3, 1-2 Bellator) inexplicably pulled guard. Punches and elbows were unleashed, sending Filkins to his fifth consecutive victory.
Ward pounded out McCoy in 2:49.
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