Brazilian Moves onto the Semifinal Round of Lightweight Tournament
In a scrappy mix of two Brazilian fighters, Ricardo Tirloni (15-2) was able to submit Rene Nazare (10-3) on Friday night at the Sovereign Center in Reading, Pennsylvania, advancing to the quarterfinal round of the Bellator Lightweight Tournament. A second frame darce choke was the finishing move for Tirloni, who looked impressive in the Bellator 77 win.
The opening round of this contest was a bit of a grappling exchange near the fence, with both men attempting to gain some sort of a positioning advantage over his competition. After a chess match of countering, the action became more aggressive in the clinch, and Muay Thai knees became the norm. Once Tirloni was unable to successfully apply the standing guillotine late in the frame, the duo eventually ended the opening five minutes by banging over the final 10 seconds of the stanza.
Nazare began to find his right hand early in the second round, and he quickly had his counterpart on the run after some flush strikes stunned Tirloni. However, the Santa Catarina native was able to quickly gather his wits and soon dropped Nazare after a well plotted counter combination. Nazare immediately grabbed the leg of a standing Tirloni to give himself time to recuperate, but the crafty Brazilian used the advantageous situation to lock on a darce choke that forced the tap at the 1:14 mark of the second frame.
With the stoppage victory, Tirloni became the first man to advance to the semifinals of the Bellator Lightweight Tournament, which earns a $100,000 prize to go along with a shot at reigning champion Michael Chandler.
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