The Bellator Season 7 Lightweight Tournament Final has found a home on the March 7 iteration of the promotion’s event. Bellator’s 92nd offering will take place in Temecula, CA, being anchored by Dave Jansen and Marcin Held finally squaring off to determine the next challenger for Michael Chandler’s lightweight crown.
The two were originally slated to meet at Bellator 84, but The Horseshoe in Hammond, Indiana wouldn’t let Marcin Held compete as he is only 20 years old, therefore ineligible for entrance to the casino.
Held’s (15-2) tournament run saw the Polish fighter take a unanimous decision victory over Murad Machaev in the quarterfinals. The leglock specialist then put his talents to good use, forcing UFC veteran Rich Clementi to submit via toe hold at 3:04 of the second stanza in the semifinals.
Jansen (18-2) submitted Magomed Saadulaev with a guillotine at 41 seconds into the third round of the quarterfinals. “The Fugitive” advanced to the finals after a controversial split decision victory over Ricardo Tirloni.