Bellator Fighting Championships returns TONIGHT (Nov. 16, 2012) to the Ryan Center in Kingston, Rhode Island, with the the season seven lightweight tournament semifinals and the return of Brazilian bomber Marlon Sandro.
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of Bellator 81 below, beginning with the MTV2 telecast at 8 p.m. ET. In addition, we'll deliver up-to-the-minute quick results of all the undercard action much earlier in the evening (beginning at 6:00 p.m.) as well as a live stream of all the action.
Headlining the main event of Bellator 81 will be a lightweight showdown pitting a crafty veteran against a promising young talent as 35-year old Rich Clementi battles 20-year old Marcin Held in the Bellator season seven 155 pound tournament semifinals.
Also on tap, two-time featherweight tournament finalist Marlon Sandro returns to the cage against the well-traveled Dustin Neace while Jonas Billstein and Perry Filkins throwdown in a battle of middleweight prospects.
Complete Bellator 81 results, live stream and play-by-play of the main card are posted below:
155 lbs.: Marcin Held def. Rich Clementi via submission (toe hold) at 3:24 of round two
155 lbs.: Dave Jansen def. Ricardo Tirloni via split decision
145 lbs.: Marlon Sandro def. Dustin Neace via technical submission (rear naked choke) at 2:05 of round one
185 lbs.: Perry Filkins def. Jonas Billstein via unanimous decision
135 lbs.: Ruben Rey def. Robbie LeRoux via unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Matt Bessette def. Paul Barrow via unanimous decision
185 lbs.: Brennan Ward def. Sam McCoy via knockout in round one
210 lbs.: Mike Mucitelli def. Matt Uhde via submission (armbar) at 0:26 of round one
185 lbs.: Dan Cramer def. Joe Lamoureux via TKO in round one
155 lbs.: Andrew Calandrelli def. Eric Brown via submission (armbar) in round two
165 lbs.: Murad Machaev def. Lorawnt-T Nelson via unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Rich Clementi vs. Marcin Held
Round one: Held opens with an inside leg kick and Clementi steps forward with a left hand. Clementi grabs a body clock and Held drops for a leg lock but turns it into a sweep as both men scramble. Held grabs Clementi's leg and is working for a toe hold but Clementi doesn't look too concerned. Held again attacks with the toe hold but and Clementi pushes him off. Now both men have leg locks and Held is thinking about an inverted heel hook but Clementi sits up and he's safe for now. Clementi throws a few punches and Held sweeps him. Both men are in an awkward position on the ground, all tied up with their legs. Held tries to posture up and Clementi attacks but Held has a kneebar. He's cranking on Clementi's leg and he's got it fully extended but Clementi's leg is too low for him to pull it off. Held sits up and Clemetni attacks with a guillotine but Held slips free and takes top position. He sits in Clementi's guard with 20 seconds left in the round and drops a few punches. 10-9 Held
Round two: Clementi steps forward aggressively throwing punches. Nice knee from Clementi and he scores a takedown from a body lock, landing in half guard on top. Clementi postures up and drops a couple punches but Held rolls backwards trying to reposition himself. Held grabs a leg and sweeps Clementi, attacking with a toe hold and Clementi taps out!
Final Result: Marcin Held defeats Rich Clementi via submission (toe hold) at 3:24 of round two
155 lbs.: Dave Jansen vs. Ricardo Tirloni
Round one: Jumping knee from Tirloni and they clinch briefly. Jansen lands a heavy left hand that drops Tirloni but he pops back to his feet quickly. Both men trade heavy blows before resetting. Leg kick from Jansen and Tirloni scores a nice left hook. Jansen is really turning it on with his aggressive forward movement and striking. Nice left counter from Tirloni and Jansen steps into a huge right hand but eats a right counter. Tirloni is being patient here, trying to counter Jansen's aggression. Nice inside leg kick from Jansen knocks Tirloni off balance. Both men trade hooks on the inside and Tirloni fires off a jumping head kick but it's blocked. Another inside leg kick from Jansen and Tirloni responds with a nice right hook. Jansen finds a home for a pair of inside leg kicks but Tirloni fires off a huge right hand. Big right and left from Tirloni knock Jansen off balance briefly and he's starting to get more confident with his hands here. Jansen is bleeding under his left eye and Tirloni scores with a body punch and then a right hand up high. Jansen ducks a hook and grabs a reverse body lock, slamming Tirloni to the ground but he pops up to his feet. Jansen fires off knees to the back of the thigh and again takes Tirloni down briefly before resetting on the feet in the final 10 seconds. 10-9 Jansen
Round two: Nice left hook from Tirloni to get things started. Jansen feints the takedown and ducks under a spinning back fist but backs off. Takedown attempt from Jansen is stuffed and Tirloni fires off a combination which connects. Jansen doubles up his jab and Tirloni fires off another combination which scores. Leg kick from Jansen and Tirloni is the aggressor now but Jansen lands a nice right uppercut. Huge right hand from Jansen backs off Tirloni. Jansen is throwing a nice 1-2 which keeps scoring on the back end. Right hand from Tirloni and he throws a kick but Jansen catches it and nearly takes him down. Good right hand on the inside by Tirloni and he misses with a huge overhand right. Knee on the inside from Tirloni and Jansen responds with a switch kick. Tirloni is being the aggressor here and Jansen shoots in for a takedown but Tirloni stuffs it and thinks about a choke but backs off. Big exchange on the feet from both men but Tirloni gets the better of it. Huge right hand from Tirloni and then another. Jansen has an incredible chin. Leg kick from Jansen and both men land left hooks simultaneously. 10-9 Tirloni
Round three: Tirloni has the momentum heading into the third round and both men clinch, but Tirloni lands some nice knees before backing out. Big uppercut from Tirloni lands solidly and both men lands heavy shots with Tirloni getting the better of it. Body kick from Jansen and Tirloni is really pressing the action now. Jansen lands a good shot but Tirloni is not backing off now. Big uppercut from Jansen but it's partially blocked. Tirloni scores with a combination and then a huge right hand. Jansen shoots in for a takedown but can't get it and Tirloni dances away. Huge combination from Tirloni and he's landing a jab at will. Tirloni shoots in for a takedown and Jansen fends him off with a guillotine attempt. Jansen grabs a reverse body lock and suplexes him at the end of the third round, driving knees into his thighs as time expires. 10-9 Tirloni
Final Result: Dave Jansen defeats Ricardo Tirloni via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
145 lbs.: Marlon Sandro vs. Dustin Neace
Round one: Big left hook from Sandro on the way in and he initiates a clinch. Neace grabs a guillotine but Sandro just takes him down and passes to side control, completely ignoring it. Neace turtles but Sandro stays heavy on top. Neace grabs a leg and it working towards a heel hook but Sandro spins around and takes Neace's back. Sandro has his arm under Neace's neck and he doesn't have position but it's tight and just as he gets the hooks in Neace goes unconscious.
Final Result: Marlon Sandro defeats Dustin Neace via technical submission (rear naked choke) at 2:05 of round one
185 lbs.: Jonas Billstein vs. Perry Filkins
Round one: Billstein trying to circle but Filkins has the cage center for now and fires off an outside leg kick. Billstein steps in and they exchange heavy shots and Billstein eats a big counter. Billstein closes the distance with a clinch and fires off a pair of knees on the inside. Filkins drives through and now he's got the cage center. Filkins attempts a trip but gives up on it. Head kick attempt from Filkins misses. Billstein steps in with a nice lead left hook and both men trade on the inside. Filkins is landing his left hook whenever Billstein wades in. That'll accumulate if Billstein isn't careful. Heavy kick from Billstein and he circles away. Nice jab from Filkins and a big right hand. Huge left hand score for Filkins and Billstein closes the distance. Big knees from Billstein on the inside and Filkins throws a left hook to the body. Elbow from Filkins and Billstein presses him into the fence. Billstein attempts a lateral drop but Filkins stays on top and drops a big punch at the end of the round. 10-9 Filkins
Round two: Billstein using a lot of movement early and he's outworking Filkins a bit early in the round. Filkins is very flat-footed and Billstein lands an eye poke but they reset after a few seconds. Nice combination from Billstein and Filkins lands an eye poke of his own. They reset and Billstein throws a nice right hand and then a straight left snaps Filkins' head back. Chopping leg kick from Filkins and Billstein throws a nice combination. Inside kick from Billstein and he's definitely outpacing Filkins now. Head kick from Filkins is blocked and Billstein responds with a straight left. Heavy leg kick from Billstein and he's throwing good combinations now, finishing them off with a leg kick. Filkisn shoots in for a takedown and he gets stuffed. Billstein scores a knee on the inside and lands a left hook on the break. Right hand from Filkins but he's playing catch-up now, he can't time his hooks to counter Billstein anymore. Billstein shoots in for a solid double leg takedown at the end of teh round. 10-9 Billstein
Round three: Billstein shoots in for a takedown early and can't secure it, but he throws a knee in the clinch. Filkins attempts a trip and can't secure it. Low blow from Filkins and they take a break but reset quickly. Nice left to teh body from Filkins and Billstein throws a big snap kick to the chin. Filkins starts clowning and turns it on, landing a big left hook which rocks Billstein. Filkins is really fired up, yelling in the cage. Billstein shoots in for a takedown and drops to his back as Filkins takes top position. Billstein grabs a Kimura but loses his guard and instead scrambles to his feet. Billstein clinches and presses Filkins into the fence but can't do much and they break. Big combination from Filkins and he finds a home for both his right and left hooks. Lunging knee from Filkins and Billstein shoots in for a takedown but falls to his back. Filksin takes full mount with 25 seconds left and starts unloading huge punches from top position. Filkisn pounds away with punches and elbows until time expires. 10-9 Filkins
Final Result: Perry Filkins defeats Jonas Billstein via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)