Bellator 66, scheduled for Cleveland, Ohio on April 20th, will see the semi finals of Bellator’s season 6 Middleweight and Lightweight tournaments. Take a look at my rundown of the Lightweights at http://blog.betdsi.com/bellator-lightweights-rick-hawn-vs-lloyd-woodard-has-a-finals-feel/. In the Middleweight tournament, young slugger Brian Rogers takes on Brazilian Bruno Santos, while the other bracket sees Maiquel Falcao take on Russia’s Vyacheslav Vasilevsky. Let’s take a look at these matchups.
Look for the odds for the entire Bellator card to pop up at http://www.betdsi.com/live-lines/martial-arts/mma-bellator in the coming days.
Vyacheslav Vasilevsky was impressive in the opening round of the Bellator Middleweight tournament, scoring a decision victory over Victor O’Donnell and running his record to 16-1. Falcao brings a daunting 29-4-1 record to the matchup, including a UD over Norman Paraisy in the opening round of the tournament. It will definitely be a standup war, as most of Falcao’s wins have come from strikes. Falcao should have the advantage on the ground, though the Russian has shown hints of ground fighting savvy. I’m going to pick Falcao in this one, though Vasilevsky, known as ‘Sasha’, bears watching in the future.
Brian Rogers made every highlight reel in the country with his awesome, flying knee KO of veteran Vitor Vianna in the opening round of the tournament. Many considered Vianna the odds on favorite to win the tournament, a pressure Rogers now may be carrying. Rogers is big and strong for the weight class, and he has shown some heavy hands as well. His opponent Bruno Santos may be the strongest physical competitor in the tournament, with his stocky, musclebound frame. The Brazilian is an undefeated 13-0, but I am going to pick Rogers to weather a big rush and wear the Brazilian out. I look for Rogers to finish late in round 2 or early in round 3.
If the finals turns out to be Rogers and Falcao, that will be a difficult fight to pick. Falcao with his experience may go in the favorite, but of course that has a lot to do with the performances these men have in Ohio. But I would not look past Rogers, who has looked very strong in his Bellator fights. And there is always something about an American fighter sweeping three Brazilians in a tournament that just tastes sweet. We are in good hands with Rogers in this one.