COMMENTARY | Bellator 87 was all about the lightweights, and the 155-pounders delivered an entertaining night of fights. Here are the results of the Bellator 87 fight card held at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
David Rickels def. Lloyd Woodard (lightweight quarterfinals)
Both men displayed solid BJJ skills during the first round of their encounter, trading submission attempts, but, Woodard was a bit more dominant in the opening round.
However, Rickels turned things around in the second round, landing some nice shots during their striking exchanges. He kept it up in the third round, cruising on to the unanimous decision.
Will Brooks def. Ricardo Tirloni (lightweight quarterfinals)Brooks displayed his well-rounded skills at Bellator 87, dominating his encounter against Tirloni. Brooks got the better of the striking exchanges, and didn't have any problems putting Tirloni on his back when he wanted to.
Tirloni threatened with numerous submissions throughout their bout, but Brook's defense was up to par. He kept Tirloni on his back for the majority of their fight, landing some decent shots from top position.
All three judges scored the fight 30-27 in favor of Brooks, who improved his professional MMA record to 9-0.
Saad Awad def. Guillaume DeLorenzi (lightweight quarterfinals)Awad came out swinging at Bellator 87, and things worked out pretty well for him. He caught DeLorenzi early with big right hand, and he followed up with a barrage of punches against the cage, forcing referee Jason Herzog to stop the fight 31 seconds into the contest.
Alexander Sarnavskiy def. Thiago Michel Pereira Silva (lightweight quarterfinals)Sarnavskiy got off to a solid start at Bellator 87, hurting Silva early into their encounter with an overhand right. Silva quickly shook the cobwebs off, but "Tiger" continued to dominate the striking exchanges. Silva did end the first round on a positive note though, securing what looked like a tight guillotine choke with a few seconds left in the first round. Unfortunately for him, he didn't have enough time to finish the choke.
Sarnavskiy continued to dominate in the second round, quickly taking Silva to the ground. Alexander transitioned to Silva's back while the Brazilian tried to get back to his feet, and he closed the deal shortly after, forcing the tap via rear-naked choke.
Jason Fischer def. Sevak Magakian (rear-naked choke, round one)
Karl Etherington def. Jason Fish (TKO, round one)
Amir Khillah def. John Schulz (rear-naked choke, round one)
J.P. Reese def. David Shepherd (unanimous decision)
Samuel Quito def. Ben Lagman (kneebar, round two)
Tony Zelinski def. Nick Kirk (split decision)
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