Bellator 81 Card Set With Clementi-Held, Tirloni-Jansen Lightweight Tourney Semifinals

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Biggavelli
11/6/12 6:30:31PM
The full fight card is set for next week's Bellator 81 event.

Rich Clementi (45-21-1 MMA, 2-1 BFC) meets Marcin Held (11-2 MMA, 3-1 BFC) in the main event, and Ricardo Tirloni (15-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) takes on Dave Jansen (18-2 MMA, 4-0 BFC) in the co-feature, with the winners advancing to fight each other in the Season 7 light weight tournament finals.

Also on the main card, two-time featherweight tournament finalist Marlon Sandro (22-4 MMA, 5-2 BFC) meets UFC and Strikeforce veteran Dustin Neace (23-18 MMA, 0-0 UFC). And in a middleweight fight, Jonas Billstein (10-2 MMA, 1-1 BFC) meets Perry Filkins (6-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC).

Bellator 81 takes place Nov. 16 at Ryan Center at The University of Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I. The MTV2-televised main card follows prelims on Spike.com.

The full Bellator 81 card includes:

MAIN CARD (MTV2)
•Rich Clementi vs. Marcin Held
•Dave Jansen vs. Ricardo Tirloni
•Dustin Neace vs. Marlon Sandro
•Jonas Billstein vs. Perry Filkins

PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com)
•Robbie LeRoux vs. Ruben Rey
•Paul Barrow vs. Matt Bessette
•Valter Roberto vs. Brennan Ward
•Dan McGuane vs. Mike Mucitelli
•Dan Cramer vs. Joe Lamoureux
•Andrew Calandrelli vs. Joe McGann

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FastKnockout
11/6/12 7:08:15PM
I didn't care for Clementi back in his UFC days but I admit I'm enjoying his run in Bellator.
Budgellism
11/6/12 8:50:44PM
Not the strongest card on paper this season but I'm sure it'll be an entertaining card nonetheless. I'm really interested in that Tirloni/Jansen fight. That could have easily been the finals had they matched these guys up differently. Clementi is a strong name though and he's looked good in Bellator so far so I can see why they'd want him in the finals. I shouldn't be counting out Held though, he's tough as well.