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Less Than A Week Until Bellator 81

Bellator 81 Promotional Poster

November 16th is getting eerily close and Rhode Island is ready to welcome the Bellator Fighting Championship. The fights will be held at the University of Rhode Island’s Ryan Center so you can be sure that the crowd will be excited on fight night for Bellator’s debut in the state.

The match-ups are to include two lightweight semifinal tournament fights along with a middleweight and featherweight featured fights. These four fights will be aired live on MTV2. In addition to this there will be additional prelim fights before the television covereage starts. There was also some last minute and possibly controversial changes and Dan McGuane was removed from the fight card due to a prior conviction. For more information on this CLICK HERE

The Televised Bouts

The four fights that will be televised are the most promising fights of the night, naturally. The middleweight featured fight is between Perry Filkins Vs. Jonas Billstein, and the featherweight featured fight is between Dustin Neance Vs. Marlon Sandro. The other two featured fights are lightweight semifinal tournament bouts, Dave Janson Vs. Ricardo Tirloni  and Marcin Held vs Rich Clementi

Middleweight and Featherweight

Middleweight fighter Perry Filkens is a powerful striker who has won all of his professional fights by knockout and only lost one by decision. His opponent Jonas Billstein is also a powerful striker winning many fights by TKO but he has wins by submission as well. Since both of these fighters are “stand up guys” this once could potentially turn into an exciting match.

Featherweight fighter Dustin Neance is an experienced fighter who brings a fluid offensive style to the ring. He can also very comfortable either striking or grappling with opponents but he does have a good amount of losses as well. Marlon Sandro has a much better win to loss ratio than his opponent but less experience as well. Sandro is a technically sound fighter who is good at what he does; he does take a lot of fights to decision though which is not always the safest way to end a fight.

Lightweight Semifinal Matches

Dave Jansen is a very skilled grappling fighter who has a wrestling style. His professional record of 17-2-0 with ten wins by submission will serve to back up that claim. His fight versus Tommy Truex showed he is also ready to take the fight to the opponent standing up as well.  Ricardo Tirloni is a good match-up for Jansen with comparable skills and professional record, 15-2-0. His black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu means that this could turn into a very interesting grappling match. However Triloni can deffinately stand up with opponents being able to take punches and counter punch effectively. Here’s a video of Triloni in his quarterfinal fight of this tournament.

Marcin Held is a young fighter, only being 20 years old, with a professional record of 14-2-0. He is a slippery and dangerous submission artist as can be seen in the first video below. He holds a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and is possibly on track to become the youngest person in Poland to receive a black belt in this martial art. On the opposite end of the spectrum is the opponent Richard Clementi being 35 years old and having a record of 45-21-0. Clementi is an unpredictable fighter with a really crazy style, and he looks crazy doing it smiling and laughing at opponents sometimes. However his strength is in taking the opponent to the ground and working submissions. The second video below shows his quarterfinal bout in this tournament.

Who Will Win

If only I knew i could make some money this Friday night. The fights are sure to be interesting though and being a televised even be ready for the Ryan center to be one hell of an arena. If your in the area it would be a good idea to grab some tickets and head down to the fight on Friday night for a good show.


Bellator 81 at URI’s Ryan Center

Bellator Fighting Championship

Everyone knows the Rhody Rams love to go hard, and one of their favorite places to get together and do this is at their on campus arena, The Ryan Center. This will be the perfect site for the upcoming Bellator Fighting Championship’s Bellator 81. This is their debut promotion in Rhode island as well. The fight will be taking place on November 16th and the main card will air live on MTV2.

Everybody and their mother knows about the UFC, because it is the largest mma promotion worldwide. However, Bellator was founded in 2008 and is now the second largest mma promotion in the USA and largest tournament based mma promotion in the world. Bellator has hosted six seasons of tournaments and they have all been very interesting.

Here are some highlights from the heavyweight match-ups of Bellator 75, with a funny but uneventful end to one matchup.


The Bellator Tournament Style

The main aspect that differentiates Bellator from other promotions is the tournament style. The fighters compete in a bracket style tournament that takes place over a few months. The winner of this bracket is given the chance to compete against the current champion of the same weight class for the world championship. The idea behind this tournament style can be summed up through their motto “Where title shots are earned, not given.”

The rules for Bellator are essentially the same as the UFC except for the small change that no elbows are allowed in the tournament and only allowed in the championship competition. This is because the tournament takes place over a relatively short period of time and elbows can easily cause cuts. A persistant cut could end or strongly influence the fights as they got closer to the title belt. However in the last fight the elbows rule is thrown out the window for the a more no holds barred match-up.

The Champions and the Ship

There are current champions in the Bantamweight, Featherweight, Lightweight, Welterweight, and Light Heavyweight Divisions. Since Bellator is a worldwide promotion the champion is crowned the world champion of their weight class. The tournment going on now is season seven of the Bellator Fighting Championships and includes the featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, and heavyweight division. This means that their will be a brand new heavyweight champion crowned at the end of this current tournament since there is no current champion.

The fight card for the night of Bellator 81 has not yet been announced. However im sure mixed martial arts fans are already buying their tickets and once the fighters are announced even more people will be enticed to see the show.

Fight Night

November 6th should be a great night for Bellator, being their debut appearance in the state of Rhode Island. Tickets are already on sale on ticketmaster starting at 35$. Students of URI can also purchase tickets for 20$ at the Ryan Center Box Office. The Ryan Center is one hell of an arena that has hosted all of the URI basketball games and is where concerts are held for mainly URI students. The atmosphere is great inside the Ryan center and you can count on college students showing up to see the fight. This means that the show will definitely be met with a heck of a response from an jacked up crowd.