The quarterfinal round of the eight-man lightweight tournament highlights the main card of Bellator 77 on Friday, October 19th. The eight lightweights will be looking to take a step closer to the title shot which is awarded to the tournament winner.
Bellator 77 takes place from the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA. The preliminary card action will be streamed free and live at 6:00pm ET on Spike.com. The main card will be televised live on MTV2 and EPIX HD beginning at 8:00pm ET.
Bellator 77 Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal Results
Ricardo Tirloni defeated Rene Nazare by darce choke submission at 1:14 of the second round.
Marcin Held defeated Murad Machaev by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Dave Jansen defeated Magomed Saadulaev by guillotine choke submission at 0:41 of the third round.
Rich “No Love” Clementi defeated Alexander “Tiger” Sarnavskiy by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
Clementi hands Sarnavskiy the first loss of his career largely based on his work on the ground. Clementi spent the majority of the first round working a standing rear-naked choke submission. Late in the round Clementi was able to pull Sarnavskiy to the ground and appeared to have the submission locked in tight before late escape by Tiger. Clementi controlled the second round after landing a takedown then again quickly transitioning to Sarnavskiy’s back. The final frame was about survival for Clementi as he avoided the striking danger of Sarnavskiy by pulling guard to get the fight to the ground.