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Quartet of middleweights look towards semifinals with Bellator 50 wins

Bellator FC returned with their second show of Season 5 last night, a card highlighted by the opening round of the promotion’s ongoing middleweight tournament. The event definitely didn’t disappoint those who turned in to see the 185ers battle it out with three of the four quarterfinal fights featuring finishing performances.

Moving on to the next round in hopes of advancing one notch closer to a crack at Hector Lombard’s championship and a $100,000 paycheck were Vitor Vianna, Brian Rogers, Alexander Shlemenko, and Bryan Baker.

Baker and Rogers earned their wins with TKOs though Rogers was a bit controversial in nature after the referee called for the bell with his opponent, Victor O’Donnell, almost immediately protesting the stoppage. Comparably, Shlemenko submitted Croatian striker Zelg Galesic with a Standing Guillotine Choke less than halfway into the first frame of their fight.

The Season 5 semifinal round will take place next month at Bellator 54 with match-ups still to be made.

Here is a full list of Bellator 50 results:

J.P. Reese def. Martin Brown via Unanimous Decision
Cristiano Souza def. John Kelly via Unanimous Decision
Ailton Barbosa def. Ryan Keenan via Rear-Naked Choke Round 1
Rad Martinez def. Brian Van Hoven via Unanimous Decision
Brett Cooper def. Valdir Araujo via TKO Round 3
Shah Babonis def. Marcos da Matta via TKO Round 3
Marcelo Goncalves def. Dietter Navarro via Armbar Round 1
Vitor Vianna def. Sam Alvey via Split Decision
Alexander Shlemenko def. Zelg Galesic via Submission Round 1 (Standing Guillotine Choke)
Brian Rogers def. Victor O’Donnell via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Bryan Baker def. Jared Hess via TKO Round 3 (Strikes)

MMATraining Take: Bellator definitely has a knack for putting together entertaining shows. All four winners looked solid though I don’t see anyone taking out Shlemenko. He’s powerful, fearless, and has nearly fifty fights under his belt despite only being 27 years old. Given his evening-ending stand-up skills and improvement on the grappling front he’s clearly the favorite as far as I’m concerned.

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