A sellout crowd at the Horseshoe Riverdowm in Bossier City, La., watched plenty of action from Bellator 61, and four of the middleweight tournament fights were shown live on MTV2 and the preliminary card on spike.com.
Lake Charles native Josh Quayhagen headlined the preliminary card on March 16 and defeated Brent Taylor via unanimous decision (30-27 x3). Quayhagen improved to 3-0 while Taylor dropped to 4-2.
The quarterfinals of the middleweight tournament, which will determine who moves on to face champion Hector Lombard, saw plenty of drama including one of the year’s best knockouts.
Brian Rogers (9-3) was a trending topic on Twitter after knocking out Vitor Vianna (12-3-1) via a flying knee at the 4:14 mark in the first round. It’s plastered on YouTube — and it’s a must see.
Other winners in the middleweight tournament were Maiquel Falcao (29-4) over Norman Paraisy (10-2) via unanimous decision (30-27 x3), Vyacheslav “Slava” Vasilevsky (16-1) over Victor O’Donnell (11-4) via unanimous decision (29-28 x3), and Bruno Santos (13-0) over Giva Santana (17-2) via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
Also on the undercard, Derrick Krantz (11-5) defeated Eric Scallan (10-4) via submission (D’arce choke) in the first round, Jason Sampson (9-1) defeated Jeremy Myers (3-4) via submission (rear-naked choke) in the third round, and Trey Houston (9-0) defeated Jeremiah Riggs (7-6) via submission (armbar) in the first round.