On Thursday, March 21, Bellator MMA visted Lewiston, Maine for its 93rd event at the The Androscoggin Colisee.

In the night’s main event, the Season 7 lightweight tournament finally came to resolution as Marcin Held met Dave Jansen. The pair were originally scheduled to meet at Bellator 84, but age restrictions at the fight venue prevented Held from competing. As such, the fight was pushed to the current, Season 8 calendar.

Also on the main card, rising heavyweight contender Ryan Martinez locked horns with well-traveled UFC veteran Travis Wiuff, who made the jump back to heavyweight after a failed run in last season’s 205-pound tournament. Each looked to claim a spot in the promotion’s recently announced Summer Series tournament.

Another UFC veteran, Marcus Davis, made his promotional debut at welterweight against Strikeforce veteran Waachiim Spiritwolf.

A fourth main card bout between former Strikeforce heavyweight title challenger Brett Rogers and Bellator veteran Eric Prindle was nixed at the last minute due to an injury to Prindle.

The event aired live on Spike TV beginning at 10 p.m. ET. All of the preliminary card action streamed live on Spike.com starting at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Jansen takes down Held by unanimous decision

In the main event, Dave Jansen scored a unanimous decision victory in the lone fight of the night that was decided by the judges. Despite it currently being Season 8, the fight decided who took home the Season 7 lightweight tournament championship, $100,000, and the next title shot at champion Michael Chandler.

Despite both fighters having strong grappling abilities, the first round was contested entirely on the feet. Both fighters came out throwing big punches, and both landing solid blows. Marcin Held found a couple of opportunities to stick Jansen against the cage and try to bring the fight to the ground, however “”The Fugitive” was able to return the fight to the center of the cage each time. The round was fairly even, however Jansen returned to his corner with more damage worn on his face.

The Polish fighter immediately shot for a successful double leg takedown to kick off round two, where the two fighters found themselves going back and forth in a grappling style chess match. Held, a leg lock specialist, worked for several submissions on the ground, while Jansen kept his composure, used his wrestling to transition from position to position and avoid getting put in a submission, while throwing hammerfists and other strikes to further his defense. The round ended with Jansen landing big ground and pound strikes to both the body and head of Held.

Coming out of their respective corners for the third round, “The Fugitive” looked as if he could go a full five rounds despite it being only a three round fight, while Held looked as if he was running on fumes. Despite this, Jansen strategically jumped in and out of striking range to avoid danger, landing a couple of good strikes along the way. Held landed a few good punches of his own, however he realized that he had to get the fight to the ground. The Polish fighter timed a leg kick just right, grabbed his opponent and fell to the ground, dragging the fight there. Jansen gained top position and the same chess match that took place in the second round occurred throughout the rest of the final round.

When it was all said and done, all three judges scored the fight in favor of “The Fugitive”, awarding him the victory, the money, and the next title shot.

Martinez makes quick work of Wiuff

Ryan Martinez was 1-1 inside the Bellator cage when he entered into it for the co-main event. Shortly after, Martinez exited the cage with a 2-1 promotional record after he knocked out Travis Wiuff in less than 20 seconds.

The two fighters touched gloves right as the bell sounded, with Martinez pressing forward. Immediately after, he showed that he meant business with a strong overhand left that connected squarely to the jaw of Wiuff, which clearly wobbled the longtime MMA veteran. Not giving Wiuff any time to recover, Martinez followed through with more strikes, planting his opponent on his back, and forcing the referee to step in and protect Wiuff.

No-contest between Davis and Spiritwolf

The Spike TV card kicked off with a welterweight clash between Marcus Davis and Waachiim Spiritwolf.

After what was a long sizing up period between an orthodox fighter and a southpaw, Spiritwolf charged forward in an attempt to secure a takedown. Davis was able to successfully defend against it, and return the fight to the center of the cage. Shortly thereafter, the two were clinched briefly against the cage where “The Irish Hand Grenade” landed an accidental knee to the groin of his opponent, which forced referee Kevin MacDonald to pause the action.

Despite being given five minutes to recover, Spiritwolf was unable to return to his feet and continue to fight, which resulted in the fight being called a no-contest.

FULL RESULTS
Dave Jansen def. Marcin Held by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) – Season 7 Lightweight Tournament Final
Ryan Martinez def. Travis Wiuff by knockout (strikes). Round 1, 0:18
Waachiim Spiritwolf vs. Marcus Davis ruled a no-contest (accidental groin strike). Round 1
Dave Vitkay def. Jesse Peterson by technical submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 0:18
Michael Page def. Ryan Sanders by knockout (punch). Round 1, 0:10
Jason Butcher def. Jack Hermansson by submission (triangle choke). Round 1, 2:24
Mike Mucitelli def. Brent Dillingham by submission (armbar). Round 1, 2:48
Joe Pacheco def. Pierre Pierry by submission (Americana). Round 1, 1:54
Vince Murdock def. John Raio by TKO (strikes). Round 3, 4:01
Jon Lemke def. Jesse Erickson by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 2:50

Photo: Marcin Held (L) squares off with Dave Jansen (Bellator)

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Brian McKenna
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Brian McKenna was born and raised in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. A sports nut from as long as he can remember, he came to be a fan of Mixed Martial Arts from a roommate watching The Ultimate Fighter while attending Westfield State College. Brian came to writing by starting his own blog, Four Down Territory, which focuses on Boston based sports, life, and of course MMA.