Bellator MMA‘s fall schedule continues to round out as the promotion will put the lightweights on display for Bellator 101, as the promotion’s Season 9 lightweight tournament will commence. The September 27 billing will be hosted at Portland, Oregon’s Rose Garden Arena. Bellator MMA officials announced the move earlier today via press release.
The opening round pairings will see UFC-veteran Marcus Davis take on Russian submission ace Alexander Sarnavskiy, Will Brooks will take on UFC-veteran John Alession, TUF 16 vet and Bellator Season 8 finalist Saad Awad will take on England’s Martin Stapleton, and English fighter Rob Sinclair will take on UFC-veteran Rich Clementi.
While Clementi had originally retired this past November following a loss to Marcin Held, the fighter has decided to make another run at a title after receiving medical treatment for severe sleep apnea. Said Clementi:
“I am so excited to have the chance to compete again,” Clementi said. “For those who have been following me, I made an official retirement a few months ago and was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea. The last few years of competing, I’ve been running on four flat tires, but after being under treatment for the last three months and my body is responding well. Fighting is who I am and the thought of not being able to do that was devastating. I am so excited to get back in the cage and show people what I am made of.”
The eight combatants will all be aiming for the tournament’s top prize, $100,000 and a shot at the Bellator MMA lightweight title currently held by Michael Chandler.
Bellator 101’s main card will air live via Spike TV and will be available on Spanish network mun2 as well. The evening’s preliminary billing will air via Spike.com. Tickets go on sale for the card this Friday.
Bellator 101 Main Card:
- Bellator Lightweight Tournament Opening Round: Marcus Davis (22-9) vs. Alexander Sarnavskiy (23-1)
- Bellator Lightweight Tournament Opening Round: Will Brooks (10-1) vs. John Alessio (34-16)
- Bellator Lightweight Tournament Opening Round: Saad Awad (14-5) vs. Martin Stapelton (12-1)
- Bellator Lightweight Tournament Opening Round: Rob Sinclair (12-2) vs. Rich Clementi (45-22-1)
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