The thoughts to many will turn from “Nucky” Thompson and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire to Bjorn Rebney and the Bellator cage as MMA hits Atlantic City tonight. Taking place live from the Boardwalk Hall Boardroom, the East Coast hub offered up Bellator 54 and an event featuring the semifinal round of the organization’s Season 5 middleweight tourney.
Former finalists Bryan Baker and Alexander Shlemenko mixed it up on the card with “The Beast” coming up short against Wand Fight Team’s Vitor Vianna and his Russian counterpart surviving an early barrage to finish hard-hitting Brian Rogers off with a knee in the second stanza.
Also taking to the cage, bantamweight champ Zach Makovsky competed in non-title action against Ryan Roberts and showed exactly why he holds a belt. “Fun Size” dominated on the ground from the get go and eventually locked in a submission in the opening frame. In addition to that, undefeated Brazilian Rene Nazare suffered his first professional loss after Jacob Kirwan outpointed him in undercard action..
Read below for Bellator 54 results as they unfold live from New Jersey:
Andria Caplan def. Adrienne Seiber via Unanimous Decision
Claudio Ledesma def. Brian Kelleher via Unanimous Decision
Joey Kirwan def. Lewis Rumsey via Submission Round 1 (Guillotine Choke)
Tim Carpenter def. Ryan Contaldi via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
Duane Bastress def. Daniel Gracie via TKO Round 2 (TKO – Cut Stoppage)
Jacob Kirwan def. Rene Nazare via Unanimous Decision
Zach Makovsky def. Ryan Roberts via Submission Round 1 (North-South Choke)
Vitor Vianna def. Bryan Baker via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Alexander Shlemenko def. Brian Rogers via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
PHOTO CREDIT – BELLATOR