Brian Rogers vs. Vitor Vianna
Rogers by KO (flying knee) 4:14 of Rd 1

Brian Rogers kneeing his way into the semifinals of the Middleweight tournament, by way of Vitor Vianna’s facepiece.  Vitor making me think of Soundgarden there.

Nice Whizzer Throw

 

Bellator 61 might have been pretty weak on paper even before the Heavyweight Tournament Final between Prindle and Santos was pulled, but the night provided some decent action regardless of whether you gave a sh*t about any of the fighters involved.  

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Maiquel Falcao vs. Norman Paraisy
-Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal Match-
Falcao by Unanimous Decision

Big Rig beat the holy hell out of Paraisy, and in the fashion that you’d expect from Falcao; taunting aplenty, illegal shots, hitting after the bell, it’s all there.  The only thing missing is a finish.  Props must be given to Paraisy, who got utterly blasted over and over again, but had the balls to keep taunting back at Falcao til the very end. 

Mark, Set, Meh | Trip TD | Slam & Late Hit
Attack & Taunt | Throwdown | Knockdown | DAYUM
Attack slo | Trip TD | Taunting Final Exchange

 

~much more action after the break!~

 
Victor O’Donnell vs. Vyacheslav Vasilevsky
-Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal Match-
Vasilesky by Unanimous Decision

 

I wasn’t particularly stoked to see this fight because A) I’d never heard of the Russian dude before, and B) I was none too impressed the last time I saw Khal Drogo’s doughy little brother fight.  Slava brought it though, and after a lackluster first round that showed his deficiencies off of his back, he put on an absolute boxing clinic, and scored 10-8’s for the last 2 rounds on my cards.

Knockdown | GNP | Knockdown 2 | Knockdown alt | Exchanges

 

 

Giva Santana vs. Bruno Santos
-Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal Match-
Santos by Unanimous Decision

The only real stinker of the night, and it wasn’t even that bad.  Santana just could not get Santos to the ground, so no arms were collected. Santos fought a smart, cautious fight, and secured his spot in the semis.

 

Derrick Krantz vs. Eric Scallan
Krantz by Technical Submission (Brabo Choke) 3:01 of Rd 1

Choke

 

Trey Houston vs. Jeremiah Riggs
Trey “That Just Happened” Houston by Submission (Armbar) 3:30 of Rd 1

 

These two just went at each other throwing bombs from the bell.  Riggs usually got the better of the exchanges, but the tide turned once Houston finally got a takedown.  That sweet armbar soon followed.

Exchange | Exchange | Exchange & TD | Exchange | Exchange & TD | Armbar Finish

 

 

Jason Sampson vs. Jeremy Myers
Sampson by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 2:25 of Rd 3

Throw Attempt | GNP | Finish

 

Josh Quayhagen vs. Brent Taylor
Quayhagen by Unanimous Decision

Quayhagen showed solid kickboxing skills here in his 3rd pro fight, while Taylor (debuting)  showed a lot of heart by absorbing an incredible beating.