Update: Falcao Cleared on Second Try; Middleweight Tournament Field Set for Bellator 61

By Mike Whitman Mar 15, 2012
All Season 6 middleweight tournament participants hit their contracted marks at the Bellator 61 weigh-ins on Thursday, though it took Maiquel Falcao a second attempt to make his required weight.

Falcao (186) tipped the scales at 186.6 pounds in his first attempt -- 0.6 pounds over the middleweight limit with a one-pound allowance -- but then managed to shed the additional weight, ratifying his upcoming clash with former Season 1 welterweight tournament qualifier Norman Paraisy (186).

Taking place at the Riverdome at Horseshoe Casino and Hotel in Bossier City, La., Bellator 61 was expected to be headlined by a Season 5 heavyweight tournament rematch between Eric Prindle and Thiago Santos, but that bout was postponed after Prindle took sick with flu-like symptoms.

Season 5 tournament participants Brian Rogers and Vitor Vianna weighed in at 186 and 185.6 pounds, respectively. Both Rogers and Vianna were eliminated from Bellator’s last middleweight bracket by two-time tournament winner Alexander Shlemenko, who will receive the next crack at the promotion’s middleweight championship.

Russian prospect Vyacheslav Vasilevsky came in at 185.6 pounds prior to his debut on American soil. His opponent, “Ultimate Fighter” Season 11 qualifier Victor O'Donnell, weighed in at 186 pounds.

Rounding out the main draw, countrymen Giva Santana and Bruno Santos will collide. Known for his potent submission game and armbar finishes, Santana checked in at 186 pounds. Meanwhile, the undefeated Santos weighed 185.2 pounds prior to his 13th career outing.

Bellator 61 Weigh-In Results:

Maiquel Falcao (186) vs. Norman Paraisy (186)
Brian Rogers (186) vs. Vitor Vianna (185.6)
Vyacheslav Vasilevsky (185.6) vs. Victor O'Donnell (186)
Giva Santana (186) vs. Bruno Santos (185.2)
Brent Taylor (165.2) vs. Josh Quayhagen (164.6)
Derrick Krantz (170.4) vs. Eric Scallan (170.4)
Jeremy Myers (141)* vs. Jason Sampson (134.6)
Trey Houston (185) vs. Jeremiah Riggs (185.8)

*Myers failed to make weight so his bout with Samson will be contested at a 140-pound catch-weight.
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