As with every major show, Bloody Elbow will be here to bring you live results and commentary for Bellator 50. Our live blog will start with the beginning of the MTV2 broadcast (7 p.m. ET) so be sure to make Bloody Elbow your home for this event.
The Midge from Gals Guide to MMA is covering the event live from cageside, and will have play by play of the preliminary fights beginning at 5 p.m. here. He will also be attending the post-fight presser, so if you have any questions for the fighters or for Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney, be sure to post them in the comments section of that thread.
Tonight's main card will feature the quarterfinal fights in the middleweight tournament. Bryan Baker vs. Jared Hess, Zelg Galesic vs. Alexander Shlemenko, Sam Alvey vs. Vitor Vianna, and Victor O'Donnell vs. Brian Rogers are the fights scheduled for the MTV2 broadcast. These fighters will be competing for $100,000 and a chance to take on Bellator middleweight champ Hector Lombard for the belt.
Remember, the event is getting started a little earlier than normal tonight, 7 p.m. ET. Join us then!
Round one: Alvey opens with a leg kick. Vianna is more hesitant so far. Alvey with a body kick but it's blocked. Another leg kick from Alvey. Now Vianna lands a good left. Alvey staggers Vianna just a little with a left, and Vianna is finally starting to show a little aggression by moving forward. Vianna lands a good leg kick and backs off. Neither fighter is really doing much overall this round. Vianna shoots, gets Alvey against the cage but can't quite get Alvey to the ground. End of the round, Alvey takes it 10-9 in my book just for landing a couple more shots.
Round two: Alvey again showing a little more aggression, such as it is. He isn't landing a lot but he's swinging. Vianna finally goes for another takedown but doesn't have much luck. They trade knees in the clinch. Finally, Vianna gets the takedown. He goes straight into side control. Alvey spins and almost ends up on top, then manages to get up. Vianna has him in a waist lock and lands some nasty knees to Alvey's leg. They separate. Alvey lands a few more good leg kicks. Vianna finally comes in with a 1-2 combo, Alvey answers, and Vianna takes him down with a suplex. Vianna gets Alvey's back and sinks an RNC, but not enough time. End of round, 10-9 Alvey to me, but I can see it going to Vianna.
Round three: Alvey lands a decent left. Vianna shoots again, they clinch on the cage. Vianna is working hard for the takedown. Alvey looks like he's having a hard time breathing around his mouthpiece. Alvey comes forward with a right then a kick, but he falls back. Vianna shoots again, Alvey defends it. Vianna has him around the waist again. They separate. Alvey lands more leg kicks, then a good left. Vianna finally starts answering back with some shots... then goes for a single. Can't get the takedown. Alvey starts to open up with punches, Vianna lands a couple, and the fight is over. I give it to Alvey but it's probably going to be pretty close.
Vitor Vianna def. Sam Alvey via split decision
Round one: Shlemenko goes for a takedown immediately, and he gets it. Galesic lands a great upkick that catches Shlemenko in the face. And another. Now Galesic is up. Shlemenko lands a kick and eats a punch in the process. Shlemenko clinches Galesic on the cage. Some knees are traded. Now Shlemenko goes for a standing guillotine, and Galesic taps! Alexander Shlemenko def. Zelg Galesic via submission (guillotine) in 1:55 of round one
Victor O'Donnell vs. Brian Rogers
Round one: Rogers with a leg kick first thing. O'Donnell comes in punching, Rogers catches him with a knee on the way in. They clinch on the cage trading knees. Rogers is pressuring O'Donnell into the cage, O'Donnell reverses and they separate. O'Donnell throws a head kick that misses. Rogers lands a shot, throws a head kick, then swarms on O'Donnell. O'Donnell goes down, Rogers comes at him punching, and the ref stops it! It's controversial, but Brian Rogers def. Victor O'Donnell via TKO, 1:56 of round one
Round one: Hess comes forward punching but missing. He shoots and finally gets Baker down. Hess takes Baker's back and sinks and RNC but doesn't quite have it. Baker sinks it deeper and he has it... but Baker gets out if it. They're back up and Hess tries again for a takedown. Can't get it. Hess is down and Baker almost has his back now. They stand back up. Hess looks tired already... Baker lands a knee to the body. Hess shoots again, Baker has him around the neck and is going for an anaconda choke. Hess defends it and is now on top of Baker in side control. Baker rolls to his feet. Hess shoots again, Baker sprawls and goes for the choke again but the round ends. 10-9 Hess.
Round two: Hess looks like he can hardly stand up. Hess shoots, Baker sprawls. Baker tries to scramble and Hess is trying to take his back. Baker is trying to get an arm but gives up, and ends up in another sprawl. They stand and Baker has Hess' back but he's too high to threaten with anything. He's holding on, though. Hess can't shake him. Baker is controlling this round and Hess is just kind of sitting there. I'm surprised the fight hasn't been stood up. Hess gets to his feet and finally gets away from Baker. Hess shoots again but it's really worthless. Baker turns him and gets a takedown of his own. Baker has Hess' back again, Hess is just covering up. Hess is out of this fight, whether it's over or not. End of the round. 10-9 (8?) Baker.
Round three: Hess comes forward, Baker blasts him with a couple of punches, and again we end up with Baker having Hess' back. Baker has one hook in, and Hess has just enough awareness still to keep him from getting the second hook. Baker is landing punch after punch to Hess' head. Finally Baker gets both hooks in. He flattens Hess, and is landing punch after punch again. And finally the ref stops it. Bryan Baker def. Jared Hess via TKO, 2:52 of round three
So that's it for the quarterfinals in the middleweight tournament. The semifinals will feature Bryan Baker, Brian Rogers, Vitor Vianna, and Alexander Shlemenko. Thanks for joining me tonight, it was fun as always!