The quarterfinal matchups for Bellator
Fighting Championships’ sixth-season middleweight tournament
are now set.
Sherdog.com recently confirmed the four contests with sources close
to the fighters. According to Sherdog.com’s sources, Vitor
Vianna will square off with Brian
Santana (Pictured) will meet Bruno
O’Donnell will face Vyacheslav
Maiquel Falcao will lock horns with Norman
No matchups have been announced by the promotion, and it is
currently unknown at which event the middleweight tournament will
begin. The Vianna-Rogers pairing was originally reported by
Sherdog.com is the first to confirm that Paraisy will compete in
the Season 6 draw.
A muay Thai practitioner, Vianna is known for his aggressiveness in
the cage. Representing Wand Fight Team, the 32-year-old Brazilian
advanced to the Season 5 tournament final last year, outpointing
Alvey before knocking out Bryan Baker
in the semifinals. A shot at the title would elude the
middleweight, however, as he was turned away by Alexander
Shlemenko in the final round.
Rogers, 27, has acquitted himself well thus far in his Bellator
career, knocking out O’Donnell in the Season 5 quarterfinals before
being stopped by Shlemenko in a competitive semifinal showdown.
“The Predator” has finished all eight of his fallen foes by either
knockout or submission.
Known as “The Arm Collector,” Santana is famous for his armbar
submissions and has tapped 13 of his 17 career victims with the
hold. Beaten only once as a pro, the Team Oyama fighter debuted
successfully in Bellator on Oct. 8 and submitted Darryl Cobb
with his favorite maneuver.
Unbeaten in 12 career outings, Santos earned four wins in 2011. The
Brazilian last competed on Sept. 16, outpointing
Paulo Rodrigues at WFE 10. Representing Ze Mario Team,
“Carioca” owns all but two of his career wins by decision.
O’Donnell returns to the Bellator cage after stumbling in the
Season 5 quarterfinals, falling by knockout to Rogers at Bellator
50. A winner in two of his last three outings, O’Donnell owns nine
of his 11 career wins by submission and has never tapped in over
three years as a professional.
A former M-1 Global standout, Vasilevsky won that promotion’s light
heavyweight championship in 2010 by finishing Tomasz
Narkun. Once-beaten as a pro, the 23-year-old has not lost
since dropping his second career bout in 2008. Vasilevsky rides a
14-fight winning streak into the tournament, most recently
outpointing Robert Jocz
on June 4.
Falcao, 30, made his lone UFC appearance in 2010, outpointing
Harris at UFC 123. Since receiving his release from the
Zuffa-owned promotion due to legal issues in his native Brazil,
“Big Rig” has won two of his last three fights, most recently
earning his 23rd career knockout by besting Douglas del
Rio on Oct. 8.
Paraisy’s first run with Bellator ended abruptly when he was choked
out by former UFC titlist Dave Menne in
the Season 1 welterweight quarterfinals in 2009. Since that loss,
the Frenchman has not tasted defeat, posting a record of 5-0-1
after his lone appearance for the Chicago-based promotion.