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Bellator 78/77 Preview/Review


For those of you who give a shit, Bellator’s Season 7 keeps on truckin’ into the semifinals, starting with the welterweight division.  Original champ Lyman Good continues his third tournament run against Michail Tsarev, who’s racked up 11 straight finishes (9 of which were wiki-less Russians) in only the last 2-1/2 years.  On the other side of the bracket, DREAM star Marius Zaromskis faces fellow striker Andrey Koreshkov, who hails from right next door to Kazakhstan (great success!).

The rest of the main card is fleshed out with “feature” fights featuring Bellator veterans Daniel Straus and Brian Rogers.  Straus won last season’s featherweight series, and so already has a date with the winner of Curran versus “Lil’ Pitbull” Freire, but is staying busy against UFC washout Alvin Robinson.  Rogers returns from getting flattened by Andreas Spang in the Season 6 semis to presumably crush some nobody with a totally girly name.

So why is the latter is on the televised card instead of the return of women’s strawweight champ Zoila Gurgel?  You ask me excellent, excellent question.  Bjorn Rebney claims that’s because it’s a non-title fight at flyweight and they want to ease her back into things.  Upon which I call bullshit, considering they’ve made such non-title squash matches the main event several times in the past.  Bellator’s female roster is even thinner than Strikeforce’s, and they haven’t bothered to hold another tournament during Zoila’s absence, so who knows how long it’ll last anyway.  Perhaps she should give the gals at Invicta a call.

WW Semis: Lyman Good (13-2) vs Michail Tsarev (24-2)
WW Semis: Marius Zaromskis (19-6-1) vs Andrey Koreshkov (11-0)
Featherweight: Daniel Straus (20-4) vs Alvin Robinson (12-6)
Middleweight: Brian Rogers (9-4) vs Dominique Steele (6-2)
Prelim Women’s Flyweight: Zoila Frausto-Gurgel (11-1) vs Casey Noland (4-2)

Tune in after the jump for last week’s summary.


Kicking off the lightweight quarterfinals last week, Ricardo Tirloni gave Nazare his third loss in a row by clamping a nice D’arce choke on the “jiu-jitsu champion”.  Marcin Held squeaked past Murad Machaev with a 29-28 unanimous decision, picking up his fourth straight win since getting subbed by current champ Michael Chandler last March.  Magomed Saadulaev did well against WEC veteran Dave Jansen until getting caught in a guillotine choke early in the 3rd round.  And in the main event, Rich Clementi grappled his way to a split decision win (which should have been a 29-28 UD) over the 20-0 Alexander “Tiger” Sarnavskiy, at times practically flopping on his butt to avoid the Russian’s far superior striking.  Whatever works, I guess.