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[UPDATED] Bellator Announces Season 6 Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal Matches, Adds Prindle/Santos Rematch to Complete Bellator 61

(And YOU get an unnecessarily long beatdown, and YOU get an unnecessarily long beatdown!) 

Bellator recently announced the lineup and first round match-ups for its 6th season middleweight tournament, and it features more than its fair share of familiar faces. First off, after reportedly suffering a heart attack during training back in November, former UFC middleweight Maiquel Falcao will be returning to action against 10-1-1 Norman Paraisy. Paraisy, a Paris, France native, previously fell to a first round rear-naked choke at the hands of inaugural UFC middleweight champion Dave Menne in his last Bellator appearance, which took place back in April of 2009. Paraisy has gone 5-0-1 since the loss, picking up wins over Paulo Filho and Jack Mason among others. True to his fighting style, Falcao last picked up a first round TKO victory over Douglas Del Rio, a video of which is below.

(Falcao also strayed from his usual fighting style that night, as he actually managed to stop punching his opponent when the ref intervened.) 

Also scheduled to throw down are Giva “The Arm Collector” Santana and undefeated Bruno Santos. Owning an incredible 13 wins by armbar in 17 victories, with all but one of those wins coming in the first round, Santana last picked up another first round armbar over Darryl Cobb at Bellator 53. Santos is perhaps Santana’s polar opposite, as ten of his twelve victories have gone the distance, so it will be interesting to see how things play out if this one drags into the later rounds. Our prediction, however, is that Santana collects yet another arm before, in Bryan Baker-esque fashion, proposing to Ronda Rousey and giving birth to the child that will eventually save the limbs of mankind from Rousimar Palhares. Fight fire with fire, Potato Nation.

Elsewhere on the card, season 5 runner-up Vitor Vianna will square off against Brian “The Predator” Rogers. Both men are coming off losses to eventual season winner Alexander Shlemenko; Rogers succumbed to a second round TKO at Bellator 54 and Vianna dropped a unanimous decision at Bellator 57.

And finally, submission specialist Vitor O’Donnell will lock horns with 15-1 Sambo practitioner Vyacheslav “Slava” Vasilevsky. For the love of Krzysztof Soszynski was that name hard to spell. O’Donnell’s last Bellator appearance was a quick one, a first round TKO via head kick at the hands of Brian Rogers in the season 5 quarterfinals.

Any of these names starting to sound familiar? Bjorn Rebney might want to consider adding a few more new faces to Bellator’s next middleweight tourney, because as much as we love rematches, we can only watch the same guys kick each other’s asses for so long. Unless those two happen to be Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard.

Bellator’s sixth season is set to kick off on March 9th, and features CP lifer/steroid aficionado Sean McCorkle taking on Richard White, Joe Warren defending his featherweight title against Pat Curran, and the featherweight tournament quarterfinals.

UPDATED 1/27/12

Bellator has just announced that its middleweight tournament is set for Bellator 61, and will be capped off by a heavyweight rematch between Eric Prindle and Thiago Santos. The first meeting between these two, which took place back at Bellator 59 in November, was meant to determine the fifth season heavyweight tournament winner, but ended in a controversial no contest after Santos blatantly kicked Prindle in the groin despite controlling the action up to the point of the foul. The video of that fight is below, just in case you didn’t feel like following the link. The winner of the match will get a title shot against current Bellator heavyweight champion Cole Konrad.

Bellator 61 is set to go down on March 16th from The Riverdome at Horseshoe Casino and Hotel in Bossier City, Louisiana. The prelims will be the first broadcast of Bellator’s recent deal with Spike TV shown on the actual network and not just the website, and will kick off at 7 p.m. with the main card fights being broadcast live on MTV 2 starting at 8 p.m.


(Look at it this way, Eric, it could’ve been worse.) 

On that note, have a pleasant weekend, Potato Nation.


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Cheeseburger Eddie- January 27, 2012 at 2:07 pm
Cole Konrad can finish a buffet but not an opponent. I pose the question to the members of CP, who's worse to watch Konrad, or Fitch?
XENOPHON- January 25, 2012 at 6:03 pm
Fletch the V Stretch - I don't know twat about twit either - its for kids and groupies. If I do, I will pass that along to Dana. I think your problem is that he already pays Cage Potato, and might not want to pay twice.
Fletch the V Stretch- January 25, 2012 at 12:53 pm
@Xeno - I don't know twat about the twit. :)

I would imagine, go to, sign up, create a profile, search @danawhite, follow, and then blast him with a comment letting him know how absurd some of his decisions are.

Then tell him that Fletch the V Stretch says "Fuck you, pay me"
XENOPHON- January 25, 2012 at 12:38 pm
@Fletch the V Stretch - how do I get on Dana's Twitter account?
I will use the power of the internet and the Cage Potato fan base to get invited back into the seniors tournament that Fox will be announcing in about 2 years.
Cause 2 years from now, the UFC is losing 75% of the fighters that made it happen. After then, they just won't have the talent available.
Finding themselves in that situation is the result of growing so fast, that they had to buy out other promotions to keep the stables full.
They have no more low hanging fruit, and now whats left is what has fallen on the ground already, or still young and in training.
So yeah, I guess I am now going to have to call out Randy for that Sr Tourney.
Drewimus- January 25, 2012 at 12:31 pm
Falcao highly resembled Bald Bull while fighting, and looked like he belonged in the next weight class up, at least. He looked extremely technical, and worthy of a UFC contract. I looked up his record, here are some specs:
He has only lost one time in his last eleven fights.
The loss was to Antonio Braga Neto (who is 7-1)
Out of 28 fights, only two have gone to decision (both unanimous wins.)
Fletch the V Stretch- January 25, 2012 at 12:11 pm
@Lesnarischamp - He may be a sociopath but as far as pure fighting skills, dude has plenty to go around.

PS - Brock would tap out from strikes from Falco, haha.

Falcao vs Lombard will tell me a lot more about Lombard than Falcao personally.
Lesnarischamp- January 25, 2012 at 12:04 pm
yeah, this is Falcao's to win. Guy is a sociopath though.
looking forward to Falcao-Lombard.
KarmaAteMyCat- January 25, 2012 at 11:20 am
is that the Mass CFX Promotion? Because if so.. then it takes a lot away from the video. That is all.
Fletch the V Stretch- January 25, 2012 at 11:14 am
Xeno - Would definitely tear assholes wide open in the UFC. Sucks bc I doubt we will ever see him in the UFC again. He is on Dana's shit list. Definitely a beast though.
XENOPHON- January 25, 2012 at 10:56 am
Fletch the V Stretch - I always like him too...still do. He would literally tear assholes wide open in the UFC.
Fletch the V Stretch- January 25, 2012 at 10:30 am
I know pretty much everyone hates Falco due to his "Paul Harris" in cage attitude, but IMO the dude is an absolute wrecking machine and would dominate 95% of the UFC's MW division. The guy hits harder than a fucking mack truck and literally just appears to scare his opponents.

XENOPHON- January 25, 2012 at 10:11 am
@Danga - I like Bellator, and you know why. It's free.
That are right. Bjorn Rebney might want to consider adding a few more new faces to Bellator’s next middleweight tourney.
My guess is that he is busy ramping for the Viacom debut - and once that kicks off, new faces will appear. I hope as fuck hope so.
I was given the impression that in Rebney's last press he indicated that he was working on a programmatic equivalent to TUF. I read that program will be filled with all new talent.
He might be onto something as the UFC has over 300 people in their ranks, and most are all no names.
The UFC's new fighters are grown on TV as a way to inundate and ingrain the fighters names onto those that watch the boob tube.
Find us some news on the Viacom - Bellator strategy Danga. Surely some press updates can be found a few months after the 1st press releases.
Fried Taco- January 25, 2012 at 9:34 am
I heard ReX is out practicing his armbars non-stop. So Giva will have some competition!