Lightweight Tournament Semifinals set for Bellator 81 on November 16th

Following the conclusion of last night’s lightweight tournament quarterfinals, Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney announced the matchups for the semifinals which will take place at Bellator 81 on November 16th in Rhode Island. 

The semifinal bouts will be Dave Jansen (18-2) vs. Ricardo Tirloni (15-2) and Rich Clementi (45-21-1) vs. Marcin Held (14-2).

Bellator 81 takes place from The University of Rhode Island’s Ryan Center and tickets for the event are currently on sale and start as low as $30 for the general public and $20 for The University of Rhode Island students with student ID.

Jansen and Tirloni both had submission wins last night at Bellator 77 and Held and Clementi had decision victories, with Clementi scoring a split decision victory over Alexander Sarnavskiy, who was considered the favorite to win this tournament.

The winners of the semifinal bouts will advance to the finals, which are scheduled to take place at Bellator 83 on December 7th at Caesars Atlantic City and the winner of the tournament will earn a shot at the lightweight title in 2013.