Bellator 54 adds Baker-Vianna, Shlemenko-Rogers middleweight-tourney semifinals

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Budgellism
9/18/11 12:04:31PM
Following their victories at Saturday's Bellator 50 event, the organization's four middleweight-tournament winners have been slotted for their next fights.

Bellator 54 plays host to the tourney-semifinal matchups of Bryan Baker (16-2 MMA, 6-1 BFC) vs. Vitor Vianna (11-1-1 MMA, 1-0 BFC) and Alexander Shlemenko (41-7 MMA, 5-1 BFC) vs. Brian Rogers (8-2 MMA, 1-0 BFC).

Bellator chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney announced the pairings at the post-Bellator 50 press conference in Hollywood, Fla.

Bellator 54 takes place Oct. 15 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. The evening's main card, which also includes a lightweight title fight between champion Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler, airs on MTV2.

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FastKnockout
9/18/11 12:17:38PM
I've been watching Alexander since his Bellator debut and he's impressed me. Now he's one of the reasons I tune in to Bellator when I can.
Budgellism
9/18/11 12:21:01PM

Posted by FastKnockout

I've been watching Alexander since his Bellator debut and he's impressed me. Now he's one of the reasons I tune in to Bellator when I can.



He's definitely one of the more exciting fighters on their roster. That guillotine was nasty last night.
pmoney
9/18/11 2:30:59PM
I had recorded Bellator 50 on my DVR last night. It was probably because I had just watched a 12 fight UFC card, but I wasn't really impressed by any of the fights on Bellator's card. Same with last week.

I need the Pitbull brothers to come back! I like their work.
Budgellism
9/18/11 2:50:11PM

Posted by pmoney

I had recorded Bellator 50 on my DVR last night. It was probably because I had just watched a 12 fight UFC card, but I wasn't really impressed by any of the fights on Bellator's card. Same with last week.

I need the Pitbull brothers to come back! I like their work.



I agree about last week but this week was a pretty good show. Schlemenko with that wicked guillotine and Baker escaping that choke to finish Hess.
pmoney
9/18/11 3:45:01PM

Posted by Budgellism
I agree about last week but this week was a pretty good show. Schlemenko with that wicked guillotine and Baker escaping that choke to finish Hess.



Good point Budge. That standing guillotine was pretty sweet.... I was impressed with Baker too, I thought it was over for a second there when Hess had his back, sinking in the rear naked...
Franklinfan47
9/18/11 8:51:16PM
Im more excited to see what goes down with the BW and HW tournaments this season.
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