Marcin Held vs. Nate Jolly
Two lightweights will meet at a catch-weight, as Marcin Held takes on Nate Jolly.
Held (18-3) was expected to face Patricky Pitbull in the Season 10 lightweight tournament final, but Pitbull suffered an injury and was forced out. Since a loss to Dave Jansen in 2013, the 22-year-old has earned three straight finishes.
Jolly (13-5) is making his debut with Bellator and was booked to face Will Brooks, who was moved to a bout vs. Michael Chandler for the interim title. He owns five stoppage wins in his career.
Round 1: Jolly with a huge right, but Held lands a knee that rocks him. These two are throwing bombs to start and that is what Jolly wants. Big uppercut catches Jolly coming in and Held proceeds to close the distance and clinch. Held with a perfect trip takedown against the wrestler and he immediately goes to the back, locks in his hooks and goes to work with three minutes to go. Held switches to full mount and a potential arm triangle in the process, rolling and forcing the break. Good defense from Jolly so far, but Held remains on his back with hooks locked in. Jolly waits for right time and powers out, but he gets his arm caught out of nowhere by Held. Jolly is very frustrated by his slip.
Marcin Held def. Nate Jolly via submission (armbar) at 4:20 of Round 1