Bellator 54: Shlemenko and Vianna Strike Their Way to Finals, Makovsky Victorious
By FCF Staff
Alexander Shlemenko and Vitor Vianna scored stoppage wins last night in Atlantic City, to entrench a bout between the two in the finals of Bellator’s ongoing middleweight tournament.
Shlemenko recovered from an early knockdown to finish Rogers off in round two with a series of knees and punches, while Vianna quickly dropped Bryan Baker with a right hand in their semifinal tilt, and sealed the deal with several follow up hammer fists.
“The middleweights have absolutely brought it this season,” Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney was quoted saying in a press release from the promotion. “Vitor Vianna, who is known for his submission game, has proven tonight that he has dynamite in his hands, and Alexander Shlemenko is absolutely one of the most exciting and explosive middleweights in the world. These finals will be an absolute magic at The Seminole Hard Rock on November 19.”
In another of the feature attractions at Bellator 54, bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky tapped Ryan Roberts with a first round, north-south choke to win their non-title bout.
Here are the results from last night’s Bellator 54 card.
Alexander Shlemenko def. Brian Rogers via TKO (knees and punches) – R2, 2:30
Vitor Vianna def. Bryan Baker via TKO (punches) – R1, 0:54
Zach Makovsky def. Ryan Roberts via submission (north-south choke) – R1, 4:48
Jacob Kirwan def. Rene Nazare via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Duane Bastress def. Daniel Gracie via TKO (cut) – R2, 5:00
Joey Kirwan def. Lewis Rumsey via submission (guillotine choke) – R1, 1:40
Claudio Ledesma def. Brian Kelleher via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Andria Caplan def. Adrienne Seiber via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)