Bellator 93 results and recap for “Jansen vs. Held”

March 22, 2013


Bellator 93 results and recap for “Jansen vs. Held”

John Boldrick – Bellator returned to Spike TV on Thursday with Bellator 93. The card saw the crowning of a lightweight tournament champion as well as another fighter making his case to be a part of future tournaments. A no contest was even involved, just to make the night even more memorable.

The card was slightly different from the last one to air, as it was comprised of only three fights. Originally, a fourth contest between Eric Prindle and Brett Rogers was scheduled. A day before the fight, Prindle pulled out of the bout, citing injury. The promotion forged ahead with three fights. A side effect of the short main card was the showing of more prelims fights, which wasn’t a bad thing. Now, on to the fights.

In the season 7 lightweight tournament final, a match between veteran and young submission experts was on display. Finalists Dave Jansen and Marcin Held finally got around to your final fight and it was clearly worth the wait.

Both fighters came out swinging. Held threw upper cuts while Jansen countered with knees in the clinch. After a brief moment on the cage, the fighters returned to the center of the cage. The rest of the round saw the fighters trade strikes, at many times returning to clinch strikes. Each fighter was active, but it seemed like Held was getting the bigger of the exchanges.

The second round saw Held land a quick takedown. After a brief ground battle, Held looked to lock in one of his signature heel hooks. Jansen was able to defend, also landing ground and pound before transitioning to mount. Held was able to escape to half guard and go for an armbar. From there it was another move, this time to kneebar, as Held was determined to showcase his entire BJJ arsenal. Jansen eventually ended up on top and landed some heavy strikes. They traded submissions and strikes for the remainder of the round.

The final five saw Jansen come out and go to town on a very tired Held. Jansen landed some solid shots before Held had enough and took the fight down. He couldn’t keep it there for long though. A later takedown saw a Held attempt omoplata and a toe hold, among other submissions. Jansen was able to defend them all, before finally landing in open guard. More sub attempts and punches ended the round, as for the only time all night, the judges were needed. The vote was unanimous, as Jansen took home the victory.

With the victory, Jansen booked his ticket to face Michael Chandler for the lightweight title at a future event. The victory also earns Jansen a $100,000 pay day.

The co main event of the evening saw one of Mixed Martial Arts most seasoned veterans take on former Pro Elite Heavyweight championship tournament Ryan Martinez. In what had become the theme of the night, this one ended rather quickly.

Both fighters came out looking good…for about ten seconds. That’s how long it took a prowling Martinez to put his prey down. A wicked combination sent Wuiff to a knee and from there a few follow up shots sealed the deal. The official time was 18 seconds.

Martinez looked down right violent here. He downed the veteran and did so in impressive fashion. You’ve got to figure Bellator are at least considering him a slot in the rumoured upcoming Summer Series tournaments.

In the night’s opening match-up, veteran Marcus Davis returned to his home state, but the result wasn’t quite what he wanted. Davis was never really able to get going. His opponent, Waachiim Spiritwolf, didn’t do any better in the encounter.

The first round saw both fighters come out looking to use their boxing skills. Davis pushed the action, coming forward and backing Spiritwolf up. The former pro boxer even threw a in a few head kicks. A mid-round low blow from the clinch sent Spiritwolf to his knees and the crowd into a frenzy; they obviously disagreed with the call and let referee Kevin MacDonald know about it. The booing was uncalled for though, as the knee landed low.

After a five minute recovery period, Spiritwolf could not answer the referee’s call and the fight was called off. Again, the crowd was not happy. The bout was ruled a no contest, as the knee was unintentional and the fight had not gone two rounds. Look for a rematch between these two somewhere down the line.

Main Card Results

–          Dave Jansen Def. Marcin Held via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)

–          Ryan Martinez Def. Travis Wuiff via KO (1st Round)

–          Marcus Davis vs. Waachiim Spiritwolf ruled no contest (accidental low blow)


Preliminary Fights

–          Dave Vitkay def. Jesse Patterson via technical submission (guillotine, 1st round)

–          Michael Page def.  Ryan Sanders via KO (1st round)

–          Jason Butcher def. Jack Hermansson via submission (triangle choke, 1st round)

–          Mike Mucitelli def. Brett Dillingham via submission (armbar, 1st round)

–          Joe Pacheco def. Pierry Pierre via submission (Americana, 1st round)

–          Vince Murdock def. John Raio via TKO (3rdst round)

–          Jon Lemke def. Jesse Erickson via TKO (1st round)

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