The Horseshoe Riverdome in Bossier City, Louisiana serves as host for the second stop of the Bellator Fighting Championships Season 6 with Bellator 61. The main card features the four quarterfinal fights of the middleweight tournament.
Bellator 61 Preliminary Card
Trey Houston vs. Jeremiah Riggs
Houston defeated Riggs by armbar submission at 3:30 of the first round.
Jeremy Myers vs. Jason Sampson
Sampson defeated Myers by rear-naked choke submission at of the third round.
Eric Scallan vs. Derrick Krantz
Krantz defeated Scallan by submission at 3:01 of the first round.
Josh Quayhagen vs. Brent Taylor
Quayhagen defeated Taylor by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Bellator 61 Main Card (Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinals)
Vitor Vianna vs. Brian Rogers
Rogers defeated Vianna by knockout (flying knee) at 4:14 of the first round. Rogers makes a statement with a viscous flying knee knockout of Vianna. After a brief feeling out process, Rogers became the aggressor as he took the fight to Vianna. He defended a takedown attempt from Vianna and was able to score a hip-toss takedown of his own. The stand-up game seemed to favor Rogers entering the fight and he proved that to be a true statement. He rocked Vianna with a right then crushed him flush on the jaw with a flying knee that instantly put him out. Rogers becomes the first fighter to advance to the tournament semifinals.
Giva Santana vs. Bruno Santos
Santos defeated Santana by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28). Santos remains undefeated as he improved his record to 13-0. Excellent takedown defense by Santos allowed him to avoid danger on the ground against the submission specialist Santana. The first two rounds were very close but Santos seemed to take control as the fight progressed. His most effective offense was several powerful leg strikes, as well as, hammerfists while in the clinch while Santana was unable to get the fight to the ground. The final frame was the most decisive for Santos who scored two takedowns and controlled the ground game.
Vyacheslav Vasilevsky vs. Victor O’Donnell
Vasilevsky defeated O’Donnell by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). Vasilevsky runs his winning streak to 15 with a dominate performance over O’Donnell that was not as close as the score would indicate. O’Donnell would have some success in the first round as he was able to take Vasilevsky while looking to turn the fight into a brawl. However, Vasilevsky’s accurate striking and ground-and-pound would tell the tale for the rest of the fight. Vasilevsky dropped O’Donnell with a short left in the second round then spent the round punishing him on the ground and appeared to be saved by the bell. It was more punishing ground work and striking from Vasilevsky in the third as the valiant O’Donnell was able to survive to the final bell.
Norman Paraisy vs. Maiquel Falcao
Falcao defeated Paraisy by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27). Falcao utilized an offense of blistering combinations and powerful leg kicks to advance to the tournament semifinals. Paraisy pressed forward landing an occasional body kick but for the most part could not find the range on his looping strikes. Paraisy would wave Falcao in but more often than not that tactic backfired as he found himself on the retreat from a flurry of punches.