Bellator 77 takes place this evening at Reading Eagle Theater in the Sovereign Center in Reading, Penn. and features the opening round of the Season 7 lightweight tournament. The preliminary card airs live on Spike.com starting at 6:30 p.m. ET, while the main card airs live on MTV2 starting at 8 p.m. ET.
A LIVE stream of Bellator 77 is also available on ProMMAnow.com.
ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) will also provide LIVE text results and play-by-play commentary throughout the evening.
Bellator 77 quick results:
MAIN CARD (MTV2, 8 p.m. ET)
- Rich Clementi def. Alexander Sarnavskiy by unanimous decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Dave Jansen def. Magomed Saadulaev by submission (guillotine choke) Rd 3 (:41)
- Marcin Held def. Murad Machaev by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Ricardo Tirloni def. Rene Nazare by submission (D’arce Choke) Rd 2 (1:14)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com, 6:30 p.m. ET)
- Matthew Lozano vs. Dave Morgan
- Brett Martinez def. Eric Albright by submission (guillotine choke) Rd 2 (3:28)
- Cosmo Alexander def. Mike Bannon by TKO (doctor stoppage) Rd 2 (5:00)
- Duane Bastress def. Ariel Sepulveda by split decision
- Lew Polley def. Carmelo Marrero by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-37, 29-28)
- Darrel Horcher def. Emanuel Brooks by knockout (punches) Rd 1 (:21)
Bellator 77 play-by-play:
Emanuel “E.J.” Brooks vs. Darrel Horcher
Round 1 – Brooks with a right inside leg kick, but Horcher counters with a huge overhand left, followed by a left uppercut catching Brooks on the way down and Brooks is out cold. Twenty-one seconds flat. Horcher stands over Brooks but sees he is out and resists throwing any unnecessary shots.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Darrel Horcher def. Emanuel Brooks by knockout (punches) Rd 1 (:21)
Horcher (6-0) is the alternate for the lightweight tourney.
Carmelo Marrero vs. Lew Polley
Round 1 – Left from Polley partially blocked. Nice left, right punch combo from Marrero. Inside leg kick Polley, left hand scores. Right from Polley. Again. One two from Marrero. Leg kick. Polley with a leg kick. Right left from Marrero. Polley with a left right, misses. Left to the body. Nice inside leg kick from Polley. Left counter from Polley scores. Leg kick from Marrero. Overhand right from Marrero misses. Right to the body from Polley. Right from Polley, then a left. Polley slips while shooting, Marrero grabs a body lock from behind as Polley gets to his feet. Knee to the thigh from Marrero. Knee from Polley. Big leg kick from Marrero. Big leg kick Polley. Left jab Marrero. Polley shoots under a right, presses Marrero to the cage. Marrero lets go of a standing guillotine. Clinched. Close round, I give the edge to Marrero 10-9.
Round 2 – Left from Marrero. Leg kick from both guys, again. Right, left from Marrero, Nice leg kick buckles Polley’s leg. Nice right from Marrero. Leg kick Polley. Leg kick Polley. Jab from Marrero. Leg kick Polley, shoots, stuffed. Leg kick Polley. Leg kick Marrero. Right from Marrero. Left jab Marrero (openhand slap). Right from Polley.Right from Polley. Big leg kick Marrero. Nice right to the body from Polley. Marrero ducks a big right. Jab from Marrero. Leg kick Polley, body shot. Again. Jab from Marrero. PMN scores the round 10-9 Polley.
Round 3 – Left open hand slap from Marrero. They exchange a couple punches, nothing much landing. Right from Polley. Left, and a leg kick from Polley. Chants of Marrero. Leg kick from Marrero. Left jab. Again. Leg kick inside from Polley. Left from Marrero. Body shot from Polley. Marrero with a right. Left to the body from Polley. Leg kick Marrero. Front kick from Marrero. Right from Polley. Jab from Marrero. Left hook Polley. Left jab Polley. Left to the body from Polley. Marrero throwing a lot of open hand strikes. Right to the body from Polley. Front kick Marrero. Body shot Polley. PMN scores the round 10-9 and the fight 29-28 Polley. Could go either way though, very close. Looked more like a sparring match last couple rounds.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Lew Polley def. Carmelo Marrero by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-37, 29-28)
Rene Nazare vs. Ricardo Tirloni – lightweight-tourney quarterfinal
Round 1 – Touch gloves. Tirloni with a lead left hook, inside leg kick, eats a right. Nazare with a left, then a single leg takedown, but Tirloni gets right up. Nazare leaning on him against the cage. Tirloni goes for a standing guillotine, lands some knees to the thighs. Another knee, and another to the thigh. Nazare gets out of the guillotine, lands a right. Jumping knee from Tirloni, goes for a trip takedown, Nazare defends and shoots for the single, turns the corner and puts Tirloni down. He pops right up, clinched, knees from Nazare. Body lock from Tirloni, turns Nazare to the cage. Knee from Tirloni, lands a left. Tirloni slips to the ground after an exchange. He gets right up, Nazare puts him against the cage. Thai plum and a couple knees from Tirloni. Knees and a foot stomp from Nazare. Exchange knees. Couple of left hooks from Tirloni. Stuffs a takedown attempt from Nazare. Clinched, exchange knees. More knees from Tirloni –four to be exact. Another. Nazare with a knee. Another, still clinched. Left hook from Tirloni, clinched. Knee from Tirloni, again. Nazare pushes him to the cage, body shot. More knees to the body from Tirloni. Nazare backs up and lands a couple big punches. Body shot from Tirloni. PMN scores the round 10-9 Tirloni.
Round 2 – Nazare landing some big combinations, including a big left that puts Tirloni on his heels. Tirloni counters and staggers Nazare with a right, he shoots on Tirloni. Tirloni locks on a D’arce as he sprawls and Nazare taps out before being choked unconscious. (By the way, both Nazare and Tirloni are BJJ black belts)
OFFICIAL RESULT: Ricardo Tirloni def. Rene Nazare by submission (D’arce Choke) Rd 2 (1:14)
Marcin Held vs. Murad Machaev – lightweight-tourney quarterfinal
Round 1 – They tie up against the cage, Machaev backs out. Big one two from Machaev counters a low kick. High kick from Held. Left hook from Machaev. Spinning back kick from Held misses. Right hook from Machaev. Held chasing him, throws a one two, shoots and puts Machaev down. Held landing punches and a knee as Machaev makes his way to his feet. Held grabs the single, almost gets Machaev back down. Right hand from Machaev. Held pressing. Machaev with the punch combo stops the forward movement of Held momentarily, but he’s right back as the aggressor. Spinning backfist from Held, shoots, puts Machaev down, takes his back, he’s high, slips off, goes for a leglock and the bell sounds as Machaev pulls out. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Held.
Round 2 – Leg kick Held. Machaev misses with a right. Right hand from Held but gets countered and forces the shot from Held. Short lefts and a knee from Held. Machaev backs out, they square up. Nice left from Machaev. Another left scores. Held slips to the mat after eating a right. Machaev kicks his thigh, ref lets Held up. They tie up and Machaev backs out. Left from Held. Left to the body from Machaev. Held rolls for a leglock. Lets it go as Machaev stands up. Machaev lets him up. Left hook from Machaev scores. Leg kick Held. Jab from Held, knee to the face. Nice right counter from Machaev. Machaev shoots, stuffed. PMN scores the round 10-9 Machaev.
Round 3 – Left jab from Held. Misses a spinning backfist. Lazy leg kick. Leg kick. Nice leg kick from Held but Machaev grabs the leg and trips him to the ground. Machaev lets him up, he swings big and misses. Held with a right. Right from Held. Right from Machaev. Nice jab from Held, again. Another jab. Held shoots, stuffed. Jab from Held. Held shoots, stuffed again. Left jab Held. Leg kick. PMN scores the round 10-9 and the fight 29-28 for Held.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Marcin Held def. Murad Machaev by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Dave Jansen vs. Magomed Saadulaev – lightweight-tourney quarterfinal
Round 1 – Leg kick from Saadulaev. Front kick to the gut, inside leg kick. Shoots, puts Jansen down. Jansen holding onto his neck, lets it go, looks for a kimura. Saadulaev tries to hold him down but Jansen reverses position, Saadulaev gets to his feet as Jansen drops levels looking to keep him down. Saadulaev with a standing guillotine attempt. Jansen with a takedown but Saadulaev takes his back with both hooks in. Jansen rolls as Saadulaev is in back side control landing hammerfists. Now, north-south. Jansen ends up on top in side control with one minute to go. Jansen gets full mount. Saadulaev immediately gets to his feet. Shoots, stuffed. Front kick. Leg kick from Jansen, shoots, puts Jansen down but Jansen catches him in a guillotine. Saadulaev escapes to his feet before the bell. PMN scores the round 10-9 Saadulaev.
Round 2 – Overhand right from Saadulaev. They tie up. Knees to the body from Jansen. Saadulaev shoots, stuffed. They square up. Front kick from Jansen. Front kick Saadulaev. Body kick. Left from Jansen. Saadulaev shoots, stuffed, knee and counter jab from Hansen. Left from Jansen. Left from Saadulaev. Front kick from Saadulaev. Right and a left, two more lefts from Saadulaev. Jansen shoots, puts Saadulaev on his back, but he immediately looks for the kimura. Jansen locks up a head and arm choke but Saadulaev escapes. Jansen stacks him with punches and hammerfists, landing some nice body shots. Saadulaev gets full guard and ties up the arms of Jansen. Nice hammerfist and punches from Jansen before the bell. Saadulaev looks tired. PMN scores the round 10-9 Jansen.
Round 3 – They tie up as Saadulaev shoots. Jansen jumps into a guillotine, full closed guard and Saadulaev goes unconscious. The ref stops the bout and Saadulaev’s head falls to the canvas… he’s out cold.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Dave Jansen def. Magomed Saadulaev by submission (guillotine choke) Rd 3 (:41)
Rich Clementi vs. Alexander “Tiger” Sarnavskiy – lightweight-tourney quarterfinal
Round 1 – Clementi shoots after getting tagged. Takes Sarnavskiy’s back while standing. Clementi softening him up with right hands. Sarnavskiy fighting for wrist control. After a couple minutes, still in same position. Clementi still softening him up with right hands. Hammerfists from Clementi, still standing with both hooks in on Sarnavskiy. Clementi locks on the choke and finally pulls Sarnavskiy straight back and they fall to the ground. Holy cow Sarnavskiy fights through it and gets Clementi’s hand/arm off and survives. PMN scores the round 10-9 Clementi.
Round 2 – Touch gloves. Clementi misses an overhand right and pays for it with a big left. Clementi shoots, puts Sarnavskiy on his back. Passes to side control as Sarnavskiy holds his neck. He gives up his back to Clementi, both hooks in now. Clementi looking for the choke with 3 minutes to go. Clementi with a body triangle and softening Sarnavskiy up with punches and hammerfists. One minute to go. Sarnavskiy escapes, stacks Clementi, lands a couple body shots and punches to the face. Clementi catches his arm, ties him up. Ref inexplicably stands them up. Big shots from Sarnavskiy score, lands a head kick. Clementi shoots, stuffed. PMN scores the round 10-9 Sarnavskiy.
Round 3 – Sarnavskiy scores with punches early. Clementi lands a nice right but then gets dropped. Clementi rolls for a knee. Hammerfist from Sarnavskiy, he pulls free of the submission attempt, lands a big left. He lays inside the guard of Clementi. Clementi looking for a kimura, lets it go. Sarnavskiy lands several punches to the face. Clementi with rubberguard, looks like he’s looking for a gogo. Lets it go. Sarnavskiy holding him down. Ref stands them up. Clementi shoots, stuffed and put on his back. Sarnavskiy stacks him with a big punch. He lets Clementi up and drops him with a kick. Lets him back up. Spinning backfist from Clementi and falls to his back after getting blocked. Clementi grabs him and puts him on his back. Sarnavskiy locks up a triangle, lands several punches. PMN scores the round 10-9 and the fight 29-28 for Sarnavskiy.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Rich Clementi def. Alexander Sarnavskiy by unanimous decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)