Bellator 77 Results: Rich Clementi hands Alexander Sarnavskiy the first loss of his career

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

PHOTO CREDIT – BELLATOR

6 COMMENTS
  • Lord Faust says:

    Thoughts on the prelims

    – Lew Polley and Carmelo Marrero put on a TERRIBLE fight. I don’t want to see either of them again. It was like a sparring session, where they drilled single sloppy strikes.

    – Horcher absolutely bodied Brooks, whose head bounced off the mat like a basketball — and made roughly that sound.

    – Bannon basically gave up. Not sure if Cosmo really damaged his eye area, or Bannon knew he was out of his league.

    Missed some of the show as I was traveling from work.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Missed the Tirloni fight, but Jansen’s choke was sick. Saadulaev held on until the last second before tapping and then immediately going out.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    I’m watching baseball tonight, my first sports love, which MMA has steadily been gaining on over the years but after the UFC shenanigans this week watching playoff baseball feels like a bit of a cleansing ritual.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Shocker… Sarnavskiy fails to live up to the hype every “undefeated Russian” gets. Clementi used his experience edge to grind out the clock. Welcome to the big leagues, kid.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    great to see a true veteran like Clementi get the win, but i was pulling for Sarnavsky, seen him a few times and he has sooooo much potential. two of those judges scored one of the first two rounds for Sarnavsky, what were they watching?

    Some great fights top to bottom, just wish they would stay away from heavweights. other than Big Monster they are all so fucking dull to watch.

    I agree about Bannon, he wanted out after the first round, he basically lost from a lack of confidence. But Cosmo is a killer, can’t wait to see him and Phillip Nover in the next tourneys.

    Martinez Albright was a great fight, awesome display for an MMA debut despite losing

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Alexander Sarnavskiy looks like if he could let his striking just flow he would wreck shop… clementi did an excellent job of taking him down and controlling the fight

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