Bellator may be on the cusp of losing Eddie Alvarez but the organization has a whole new crop of lightweight stars ready to stake their claim in the division starting with tonight’s Bellator 77 card. Eight 155-pounders are scheduled to scrap in featured action with the winners moving on to the semifinal round of the promotion’s Season 7 tournament.
Perhaps the most notable of the bunch, seasoned veteran Rich Clementi collided with unbeaten Russian prodigy Alexander Sarnavskiy. Clementi entered the evening with an overall record of 44-21-1 including wins over Sam Stout, Terry Etim, Melvin Guillard, and Anthony Johnson. Meanwhile, the 23-year old “Tiger” Sarnavskiy was 20-0 including seventeen stoppages.
In the end, Clementi’s stripes proved to be too much for Sarnavskiy, putting him in a number of adverse positions including an exceptionally deep Rear-Naked Choke. Sarnavskiy’s striking looked sharp throughout, and he nearly came away with his 21st straight victory, but the judges saw things in Clementi’s favor, showing him some love with the Split Decision nod.
Read below for a full list of Bellator 77 winners/losers:
Matt Lozano def. Dave Morgan via Submission Round 2 (Inverted Triangle Choke)
Darrel Horcher def. Emanuel Brooks via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
Ariel Sepulveda def. Duane Bastress via Split Decision
Cosmo Alexander def. Mike Bannon via TKO Round 2 (Doctor’s Stoppage)
Brett Martinez def. Eric Albright via Submission Round 2 (Guillotine Choke)
Lew Polley def. Carmelo Marrero via Unanimous Decision
Ricardo Tirloni def. Rene Nazare via Technical Submission Round 2 (D’Arce Choke)
Marcin Held def. Murad Machaev via Unanimous Decision
Dave Jansen def. Magomed Saadulaev via Submission Round 3 (Guillotine Choke)
Rich Clementi def. Alexander Sarnavskiy via Split Decision
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