Even though Bellator 61 lost its main event match-up between heavyweights Thiago Santos-Eric Prindle at the last minute for health-related reasons the card didn’t skip a beat come showtime, delivering a number of exciting moments including one of the cleanest knee-based knockouts in recent history courtesy of Brian Rogers.
The finish came in the first round of Rogers’ quarterfinal fight against Vitor Vianna in the organization’s Season 6 Middleweight Tournament when “The Predator” connected flush with the Brazilian’s jaw as he attempted a takedown. The blow sent Vianna spilling backwards to the mat, instantly unconscious. The victory marked the eighth TKO in nine total wins for Rogers.
Joining Rogers in the semifinal round will be Bruno Santos, Vyacheslav Vasilevsky, and Maiquel Falcao who won their bouts by way of decision. The foursome will face off in April with the pairings being Santos-Rogers and Vasilevsky-Falcao.
Check out video of Rogers’ knockout below courtesy of Bellator:
Read below for a complete listing of Bellator 61 results:
Josh Quayhagen def. Brent Taylor via Unanimous Decision
Trey Houston def. Jeremiah Riggs via Submission Round 1 (Armbar)
Jason Sampson def. Jeremy Myers via Submission Round 3 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Derrick Krantz def. Eric Scallan via Technical Submission Round 1 (D’Arce Choke)
Brian Rogers def. Vitor Vianna via Knockout Round 1 (Flying Knee)
Bruno Santos def. Giva Santana via Unanimous Decision
Vyacheslav Vasilevsky def. Victor O’Donnell via Unanimous Decision
Maiquel Falcao def. Norman Paraisy via Unanimous Decision