Watch the entire Bellator 77 event -- prelims and the main card -- right here on Bloody Elbow tonight. The opening round of the 2012 Lightweight Tournament ignites on the main card, which begins at 8:00 p.m. ET. UFC vet Rich Clementi faces undefeated Russian terror Alexander Sarnavskiy, venomous finisher Ricardo Tirloni meets fellow BJJ black belt and Brazilian Rene Nazare, sub specialist Marcin Held clashes with Murad Machaev and former WECer Dave Jansen opens the card against Magomed Saadulaev.
Tune in for the preliminary card at 6:30 p.m. ET. Live play-by-play will begin with the main card at 8:00 and a gif-heavy results post will close down our evening.
Main Card on MTV2 (8:00 p.m. ET)
Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinals
Rich Clementi vs. Alexander Sarnavskiy
Ricardo Tirloni vs. Rene Nazare
Murad Machaev vs. Marcin Held
Magomed Saadulaev vs. Dave Jansen
Preliminary Card (6:30 p.m. ET)
And we're live. The Bellator 77 video stream is embedded below, where you'll also find fight results from earlier. We'll sequence through the play-by-play of each Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal:
Pure domination ensues from Clementi.
More ground-and-pound from
One judge has it 29-28 for
- Rich Clementi defeats Alexander
More phenomenal scrambles occur with Jansen reversing again into top position but
Now Jansen goes to half-guard and counters
- Dave Jansen defeats Magomed
R2: Held flings out another unkempt, charging flurry andis finding his rhythm. Another uppercut and left hook combo lands for
Held goes all Shinya Aoki and somersaults across the cage into a rolling leg lock attempt. Bonus for creativity points but
R3: Held, with his left hand still below his beltline, attempts another spinning back fist that's nowhere close.Held lands a jab and whiffs on a spinning back kick. Surprisingly, halfway through the final frame, Held is now controlling the distance quite well with a long, quick jab. Machaev is more complacent and only throwing counter jabs from outside his range.
Machaev is yet to land a significant punch in the 2nd half of the round. Held seems to have recognized a reach advantage and is controls the tempo with it for the remainder. 10-9 Held for the higher volume and more effective striking, giving Held a 29-28 count on my card. The judges agree.
- Marcin Held defeats Murad Machaev by unanimous decision.
Ricardo Tirloni vs. Rene Nazare
R1: They touch up. Tirloni pawing jabs and Nazare countering with stiff right hands early. Nazare shoots a double but Tirloni is immediately back to his feet. Nazare switches to a single with Tirloni on the fence, which is quickly nullified by a determined guillotine attempt from Tirloni. Tirloni lets go and flurries on the fence; Nazare responds with crisp punches of his own. Flying knee attempt by Tirloni partially lands. Nazare glues himself to Tirloni and works takedowns on the fence; Tirloni counters with the Thai plum, then by grabbing a body lock and spinning Nazare against the wall.
Narare still seeking clinch takedowns and eating a few knees from Tirloni, then a foot stomp before circling Nazare against the fence. 3 slicing knees from Tirloni in the plum grip. Tirloni now wheeling Nazare around and onto the cage consistently while planting a steady stream of knees to his midsection. Clean leaping left hook lands from Tirloni and now Nazare's clinches are ineffective and reeking of desperation. Counter to that observation, Nazare breaks the clinch and unloads a nice 3 or 4 punch combo to close out the round. Not enough though. 10-9 Tirloni.
R2: Nazare comes over the top with right hands to counter Tirloni's jab, then switches to a left hook that puts Tirloni into serious retreat mode. Turning the tables dramatically, Tirloni clips an attacking Nazare with a shovel punch that drops him. Tirloni pounces and intelligently ties on a D'arce choke from the top and Nazare taps a moment later. Solid start to the evening.
- Ricardo Tirloni defeats Rene Nazare by submission (D'arce choke), Round 2.
Bellator 77 Preliminary Card Results
- Lew Polley defeats Carmelo Marrero by unanimous decision.
- Duane Bastress defeats Ariel Sepulveda by split decision.
- Cosmo Alexender defeats Mike Bannon by TKO (doctor stoppage), Round 2.
- Darrell Horcher defeats E.J. Brooks by KO (punch), Round 1.
- Brett Martinez defeats Eric Albright by submission (guillotine choke), Round 2.