Bellator 61 Recap/Results/Highlight Video

I gotta say it, this was the first Bellator event that underwhelmed me. It’s not Bellator’s fault, it was just a strange night.

Maiquel Falcao put on a bizarre fight with Normani Paraisy, that included him letting Norman up after knocking him down and almost out, followed by both fighters fighting after the 2nd round bell and the 3rd round bell. Maiquel had the fight finished, but he backed away, and motioned for Norman to get up. I can’t even give it justice in this article, you had to see it to understand. Vyacheslav Vasilevsky (who I’m calling Double V from now on) and Victor O’Donnell put on a good back and forth with Victor taking a pretty severe beating through the 3rd round. I give Victor tons of credit for his heart, but I think his corner should have thrown in the towel. Giva Santana and Bruno Santos put on a less than exciting show, by no fault of theirs other than them being too good on the ground, thus canceling each other out. There were a few exciting moments, as a hardcore fan it was a good close fight, but not what I’m sure most people were hoping for. Santos took the W in a fight I think could have easily gone either way. Brian Rogers did bring the excitement with a highlight reel KO of Vitor Vianna, an amazing KO. Sadly, Erick Prindle fell ill and we have to wait till this Friday to see the end of the HW Tournament. This Friday should bring us back to the usual exciting Bellator I’m used to.

Main Card

  • Middleweight Quarterfinal bout: Brazil Maiquel Falcao vs. France Norman Paraisy
    Falcao defeated Paraisy via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27).
  • Middleweight Quarterfinal bout: Russia Vyacheslav Vasilevsky vs. United States Victor O’Donnell
    Vasilevsky defeated O’Donnell via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28).
  • Middleweight Quarterfinal bout: Brazil Giva Santana vs. Brazil Bruno Santos
    Santos defeated Santana via unanimous decision (30–27, 29–28, 29–28).
  • Middleweight Quarterfinal bout: Brazil Vitor Vianna vs. United States Brian Rogers
    Rogers defeated Vianna via KO (flying knee) at 4:14 of round 1.

Preliminary Card (

  • Catchweight (165 lbs) bout: United States Brent Taylor vs. United States Josh Quayhagen
    Quayhagen defeated Taylor via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27).
  • Welterweight bout: United States Derrick Krantz vs. United States Eric Scallan
    Krantz defeated Scallan via technical submission (brabo choke) at 3:01 of round 1.
  • Catchweight (140 lbs) bout: United States Jeremy Myers vs. United States Jason Sampson
    Sampson defeated Myers via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:25 of round 3.
  • Middleweight bout: United States Trey Houston vs. United States Jeremiah Riggs
    Houston defeated Riggs via submission (armbar) at 3:30 of round 1. This bout aired on the MTV2 broadcast following the Santana vs. Santos fight.