Maiquel Falcao, Vyacheslav Vasilevsky, Bruno Santos and Brian Rogers all advanced to the semifinals of the Bellator middleweight tournament with victories Friday night at Bellator 61. The main card featured the four quarterfinal round bouts, as the planned main event was scratched days prior to the event.
Falcao earned a decision victory over Norman Paraisy, while Vasilevsky also claimed a decision against Victor O’Donnell. A third decision went to Santos over Giva Santana, while Rogers provided an exciting, first round knockout with a flying knee over Vitor Vianna.
The two semifinal round matches will take place Bellator 66 on April 20. The card will also feature a main event between Eddie Alvarez and Shinya Aoki.
BELLATOR 61 RESULTS
•Maiquel Falcao def. Norman Paraisy via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) – middleweight-tourney opening round
•Vyacheslav Vasilevsky def. Victor O’Donnell via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) – middleweight-tourney opening round
•Bruno Santos def. Giva Santana via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) – middleweight-tourney opening round
•Brian Rogers def. Vitor Vianna via knockout (flying knee) – Round 1, 4:14 – middleweight-tourney opening round
•Josh Quayhagen def. Brent Taylor via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
•Derrick Krantz def. Eric Scallan via technical submission (brabo choke) – Round 1, 3:01
•Jason Sampson def. Jeremy Myers via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 2:25
•Trey Houston def. Jeremiah Riggs via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 3:30