Unlike the featherweight, welterweight, and lightweightBellator season 2 tournaments the middleweight tournament opening round beganand ended in one show on April 19th in Kansas City, MO. The show was aired live on Fox Sports Netwith highlights scheduled to air on NBC and Telemundo Saturday night.
Eric Schambari, Bryan Baker, Jared Hess, and Alexander Shlemenko all advancedto the semi-final rounds in various fashions. Shlemenko’s unorthodox spinningbackfists and kicks were the highlight of the tournament as Matt Major’s lackof takedown attempts didn’t truly test the Russian. In a bit of a come-from-behind victorySchambari survived a knee to the face and guillotine attempt to find a shouldchoke on Luke Zachrich. In a bit of aletdown tournament favorite Baker’s TKO over Sean Loeffler was only surprisingin that it took 2:43. The biggestsurprise was Jared Hess’ defeat of former IFL champion Ryan McGivern with around 2 guillotine choke.
Up next Bellator travels to Boston where Eddie Alvarez faces Josh Neer.
Eric Marriott def. Demi Deeds 3:02 R2 by triangle choke
Eric Schambari def. Luke Zachrich 3:34 R1 by shoulder choke
Alexander Shlemenko def. Matt Major by unanimous decision
Bryan Baker def. Sean Loeffler 2:43 R1 by TKO
Jared Hess def. Ryan McGivern 1:54 R2 by guillotine choke
Danny Times def. Brian Davidson by unanimous decision
Drew Dober def. Nick Nolte 4:45 R1 by arm triangle choke
Brent Weedman def. Rudy Bears 4:19 R1 by TKO