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Rich Clementi to Face Carey Vanier for a Bellator Tournament Spot

UFC veteran Rich Clementi will take on season two lightweight semifinalist Carey Vanier at Bellator 28 on Sept. 9 for a spot on the season four lightweight tournament, Bellator announced Thursday morning.

As previously reported by, the Slidell native Clementi (36-16-1) will be making his Bellator debut in front of his hometown fans for the promotion's season three stop at New Orleans, La. at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.

Vanier (9-3) entered Bellator in April and extended his win streak to seven with a TKO victory over Joe Duarte to advance to the semifinals. But Toby Imada's submission prowess proved to much and Vanier was ousted from the tournament by way of a second-round armbar.

Also announced for Bellator 28 is a featherweight bout between season two tournament semifinalist Georgi Karakhanyan (13-2-1) and Chas Skelly (7-0) for an opportunity to compete in the season four featherweight tournament. Karakhanyan won his quarterfinal fight with a beautiful knee knockout, but fell short in the next round to eventual winner Joe Warren.

Bellator 28 will be headlined by two of its upcoming third season's semifinal bouts.

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