David Rickels, Will Brooks, Saad Awad and Alexander Sarnavskiy all earned spots in the semifinals of the season eight Bellator lightweight tournament Thursday night at Bellator 87.

Rickels scored a hard-fought decision victory over Lloyd Woodard in the main event.

The card lost original main event competitor, Patricky Freire, on Wednesday due to a knee injury. Awad stepped in and stopped Guillaume DeLorenzi in the first round to move on.



David Rickels def. Lloyd Woodard via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Will Brooks def. Ricardo Tirloni via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Saad Awad def. Guillaume DeLorenzi via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 0:31

Alexander Sarnavskiy def. Thiago Michel via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:43


Jason Fischer def. Sevak Magakian via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:37

Karl Etherington def. Jason Fish via submission (verbal from strikes) – Round 1, 3:45

Amir Khillah def. John Schulz via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:34

James Reese def. David Shepherd via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Sam Quito def. Ben Lagman via submission (kneebar) – Round 2, 3:54

Tony Zelinski def. Nick Kirk via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)