After a crazy last event, Bellator comes to Bossier City, La., with its second card of the season and the start of its season-six middleweight tournament.

The event was scheduled to be headlined by a rematch of the heavyweight tournament final between Eric Prindle and Thiago Santos after their previous bout at Bellator 59 was ruled a no-contest due to an illegal strike. However, Prindle was not medically cleared for the fight due to illness and the fight will now take place next week at Bellator 62.

Instead of the heavyweight action, Bellator re-introduces the middleweight tournament with some interesting prospects to get things started. Maiquel Falcao, Giva Santana, Brian Rogers and Vitor Vianna are just some of the names in the tournament.

Unlike last week, the undercard does not have numerous big name fighters and ex-UFC talent, outside of The Ultimate Fighter participant Jeremiah Riggs, who is set to face Trey Houston.

Bellator’s main card will air live on MTV2 at 8 p.m. ET, and the undercard will stream an hour earlier on Spike.com, starting at 7 p.m.

MW Tournament Quarterfinal: Maiquel Falcao (28-4, 1 NC) vs. Norman Paraisy (10-1-1)

Maiquel Falcao (R) (Sherdog)

Falcao gets a huge opportunity here in the Bellator middleweight tournament to showcase the skills that earned him a victory at UFC 123.

The Brazilian may hold a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, but it is his 23 wins by knockout that bring a whole different game plan to mind.

Paraisy, on the other hand, holds five victories by submission and has some solid striking as well. In his last fight, Paraisy had an impressive finish of Jack Mason. Paraisy landed a flying knee and immediately pounced on Mason to finish him with a series of vicious elbows.

This time around Paraisy will not be as lucky facing a very seasoned Falcao.

Falcao has every tool necessary to negate any edge Paraisy will have coming into the fight. Last time in Bellator, Paraisy had trouble and couldn’t get the win over Dave Menne. This time around Paraisy will fall victim yet again.

Look for Falcao to score the knockout victory in the third round.

MW Tournament Quarterfinal: Brian Rogers (8-3) vs. Vitor Vianna (12-2-1)

Brian Rogers (L) connects with a left hand (Sherdog)

During last season’s middleweight tournament, both Rogers and Vianna lost in succession to Alexander Shlemenko.

Unfortunately for these men, this season one of them won’t make it out of the quarterfinals.

Vianna is another solid practitioner of Brazilian jiu-jitsu (a running theme in the tournament) and scored a TKO finish in last year’s Bellator tournament over Bryan Baker.

Rogers has his striking down pat and could finish Vianna with ground-and-pound, much the way he stopped Victor O’Donnell last season.

Rogers has a chance to upset here, as he can end the fight with one punch. Vianna will look to get Rogers to the ground, out of his comfort zone, and pound away from the top, ultimately finishing him with strikes in the third round.

MW Tournament Quarterfinal: Vyacheslav Vasilevsky (15-1) vs. Victor O’Donnell (11-3)

Victor O'Donnell (L) throws a head kick (Sherdog)

Former Sambo champion Vasilevsky makes his Bellator and United States debut against O’Donnell in a evenly-matched showdown in the quarterfinals.

Vasilevsky is well-rounded and has finishes in 10 of his 15 fights. The knock on Vasilevsky will likely be his adjustment into the cage and the United States, something that has posed problems for fighters from abroad.

Former Ultimate Fighter contestant O’Donnell will have no such trouble in the cage. O’Donnell has nine victories by submission, and even though he has less fights then Vasilevsky, he has faced some tough competition.

The striking and ground game of Vasilevsky will put a stop to O’Donnell’s tournament by earning a decision victory.

MW Tournament Quarterfinal: Giva Santana (17-1) vs. Bruno Santos (12-0)

Giva Santana (bottom) locks in an armbar (Sherdog)

If you were looking for the Brazilian version of Jon Fitch, look no further than Santos. The last time Santos had a finish I was still in high school.

Santos is currently riding a nine-fight unanimous decision victory streak from his home country of Brazil.

On the other hand, you have a tournament favorite in Santana. Santana has armbar submission skills that even make Ronda Rousey look bad. Seventeen wins, 15 by submission, 13 by armbar and 12 of those came in the first round.

Santana’s game plan should be fairly obvious.

Santana will definitely get the fight to the ground and take home another arm to put above his mantle.

Preliminary Card

165-pound Catchweight: Brent Taylor (0-0) vs. Josh Quayhagen (2-0)

Quayhagen has fought in Bellator before and was victorious at Bellator 52. He was originally slated to face Quaint Kempf, but Taylor stepped in on last minute’s notice to take Kempf’s place.

MW: Trey Houston (8-0) vs. Jeremiah Riggs (7-5)

Riggs came out of retirement for this, and I can’t see why. Houston is undefeated and has finished all his opponents, seven of them within the first two rounds. Riggs is definitely more well-known, but Houston has some serious talent here and will most likely take Riggs down and submit him.

WW: Derrick Krantz (10-5) vs. Eric Scallan (10-3)

Krantz has good experience, having faced Rich Clementi and top featherweight contender Dustin Poirier. Scallan has submission skills that have earned him seven victories, so look for the fight to hit the ground.

140-pound Catchweight: Jeremy Myers (3-3) vs. Jason Sampson (8-1)

Myers fights for the first time in 2012, trying to end his current two-fight losing streak, while Sampson tries to get back to his winning ways after losing his last time out. Sampson should be able to take the victory on the ground with his better grappling skills.

Top Photo: Vitor Vianna will look for another impressive tournament performance (Sherdog)

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Sal DeRose
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