After cruelly depriving us of pleasurable violence for a full week, Bellator returns this evening with Bellator 93: Jansen vs. Held from Atlantic City, New Jersey. The event's namesake is the Season 8 Lightweight Tournament finals that pits Dave Jansen vs. Marcin Held, with the winner advancing to a crack at lightweight champion Michael Chandler's belt.
Now that the Eric Prindle vs. Brett Rogers bout was nixed due to injury, the planned duo of heavyweight bouts has been whittled down to Travis Wiuff vs. Ryan Martinez. On the bright side, that leaves a better chance for ultra-confident phenom Michael Page to get some main-card airtime in his Bellator debut against Ryan Sanders. As of now, the final main-card venture is former UFC lightweight Marcus Davis will make his promotional debut as a welterweight against the passion-fueled gamer Waachiim Spiritwolf.
As always, the preliminary card stream begins at 8:00 p.m. ET on BloodyElbow.com and Spike.com while the main card goes off on Spike TV at 10:00 p.m. ET. Be there. All the cool kids are doing it.
Bellator 93 Main Card (Spike TV at 10:00 p.m. ET)
Preliminary Card (Bloody Elbow and Spike.com at 8:00 p.m. ET)
And we're live on Spike TV for the main card. Live results are below.
R1: Jansen starts with an outside low kick. And another. They collide with mutual combinations, both landing evenly. Held flies into Jansen and finds the mark with a few short uppercuts before attempting a double leg but settling for a body lock on the fence. Jansen cinches up a guillotine the next time Held lowers levels for a takedown and uses the threat of it to circle off the fence. They break the clinch and restart in the center at the 3-minute mark.
Jansen connects on another low kick but whiffs on his double jabs. Jansen plants a stiff left, they both land hard lefts mutually and Held slices a straight right through. Upholding a frenetic pace, Held again initiates a clinch and hammers a series of uppercuts through. Held just misses with a knee from the single collar tie when they tie up on the next exchange. We have a high pace and flying leather aplenty here. Jansen sights in his own uppercut just before the horn sounds. Both fighters were aggressive and landed their fair share of effective punches. Held might've had a tiny edge in landing power shots but I see that as an extremely even round. 10-10.
R2: Held uncorks a stream of punches and lowers levels nicely to nail a double leg. Jansen gets full guard and closes it. Jansen tries to scoot back to the fence but Held stays on him, looking to pass to side control. Jansen hits a beautiful sweep and rolls on top of Held, positioning his grip for a D'arce choke that Held squirts out of. Held rolls into his signature leg lock and then transitions to the toe hold. Jansen perseveres through a prolonged chess match and ends up in full mount.
Held gets a leg in and goes to half guard, then angles for an armbar, which turns out to be bait for another leg lock attempt. Jansen stays out of trouble again and bombs down solid ground-and-pound from the top, replete with punches, elbows and heavy elbows to the body. Held squirms for another leg lock but Jansen is anticipating and countering with legit ground strikes. 10-9 Jansen, as his defense and ground-and-pound was more effective than Held's lack of defense and submission attempts.
R3: Jansen lands a low kick and comes up high with a right. Jansen with a prodding jab betwixt leg kicks. Held looking flat-footed and winded. Whoa. A mere fake from Jansen causes Held to nearly stumble backward. Jansen teeing off with low kicks but an exhausted Held times a single leg and puts Jansen on his back. Jansen scrambles free and gets back to his feet. Held shoots half-heartedly on a Jansen uppercut and pulls guard when it fails.
It proves wise, as Held angles for an armbar and then switches to an omoplata. Jansen is expecting the transition to the toe hold but Held brilliantly switches to an inverted heel hook when he does. This one is much closer but Jansen keeps his balance and punches his way out. Held tries to lock up an arm with 15 seconds left but it's too late. 10-9 Jansen for a 30-28 his way overall on my card.
- All 3 judges have it 29-28 for Dave Jansen, who defeats Marcin Held by unanimous decision.
R1: Vitkay explodes with a left body kick, a spearing knee to the body and another to the head, all of which put Peterson on roller skates. Peterson drops but somersaults back up and is greeted by a flying knee from a full-on sprint from Vitkay, who continues the menacing outburst with a tight guillotine. Vitkay gives Dan Miragliotta the heads-up that Peterson is out and Big Dan wisely confirms it before waving the fight off.
- Dave Vitkay defeats Jesse Peterson by submission (guillotine choke), Round 1
R1: Pacheco lands an early takedown, softens up Pierre with some short, nasty elbows and smoothly passes to side control. Pacheco gets 2-on-1 wrist control on the far-side arm and locks up the paint brush to force the tap.
- Joe Pacheco defeats Pierry Pierre by submission (Americana), Round 1
- Ryan Martinez defeats Travis Wiuff by TKO (punches), Round 1
R1: Hermansson nails a body-lock takedown early and Butcher slides him right into a deep triangle. Hermansson stays patient and fends it off for a long spell, causing Butcher to briefly transition to an armbar, but then goes back to the triangle and elicits the tap shortly after.
- Jason Butcher defeats Jack Hermansson by submission (triangle choke), Round 1
Ryan Sanders vs. Michael Page
R1: Sanders immediately tries to shrink the gap with a charging combination and Page sidesteps the first, but plants his feet on the second and sits down on a streaking right hand that crumples Sanders. It doesn't get more impressive than a 9-second, one-shot KO in your big-stage debut.
- Michael Page defeats Ryan Sanders by KO (punch), Round 1
R1: Mutual respect shown by both for the first half-minute. Davis finally corners
- The official ruling of Marcus Davis vs. Waachiim Spiritwolf is a No Contest.