Bellator traveled to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla., to kick off its eight-man middleweight tournament. All fights on the card were tournament fights, with the main event being Jared Hess vs. Bryan Baker. The event was televised live on MTV2.

Baker puts on impressive performance; Becomes first to stop Hess

In the main event of the evening, Bryan Baker put on an impressive performance against a tough fighter in Jared Hess. “The Beast” was able to earn the win in round three by TKO, putting himself in the middleweight semifinals.

In an explosive opening round, the tide turned many, many times. When it appeared Hess had a choke on Baker, he was able to turn his way out and then take control. A very close round indeed that could’ve been given to either guy.

Fans expected the same fast-paced action from round one and they got it in the second as well. However, the pace of the fight slowed as both men were fatigued, more so for Hess, which allowed Baker to take control of round two.

Round three was all Baker, as Hess was gassed right from the start. It was a dominant round throughout, and in the end, it was Baker who was finally able to get the stoppage.

Rogers gets TKO win in controversial fashion

Another fighter was added to the semifinals of the middleweight tournament as Brian Rogers put away Victor O’Donnell.

The victory didn’t come without controversy, however. Rogers was able to drop O’Donnell in round one, jumped on top, and started raining down punches. The referee stopped the fight, but it appeared as if O’Donnell had not gone limp.

Nevertheless, it was still an impressive performance by Rogers, even with the controversy.

Shlemenko chokes out Galesic

In a striker vs. striker match-up, it was actually a submission hold that would determine the winner of the fight. Alexander Shlemenko was able to submit Zelg Galesic by guillotine choke.

Shlemenko came out and went away from his comfort zone by getting a takedown. After the two stood up, the Russian was able to impose his will on Galesic against the cage and eventually got the choke at just 1:55 in the first round.

 Vianna edges out split decision over Alvey

In the opening fight in the Bellator middleweight tournament, it was Vitor Vianna who was able to steal a split decision win over Sam Alvey.

In the opening round, the fight remained on the feet with Alvey slightly landing more strikes. The action was slow-paced, with the American taking round one.

Round two was a bit like the first, but Vianna was able to work more and even land two takedowns. The round concluded with the Brazilian almost getting a choke while on the back of Alvey.

In the final round, someone needed to take over the fight, but neither guy stepped up enough to dominate the round.

In the end, it came down to a close split decision that was awarded to Vianna.

Main Card Results

Bryan Baker def. Jared Hess by TKO (punches). Round 3, 2:52

Brian Rogers def. Victor O’Donnell by TKO (punches). Round 1, 1:56

Alexander Shlemenko def. Zelg Galesic by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 1:55.

Vitor Vianna def. Sam Alvey by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Undercard Results

Shah Bobonis def. Marcos da Matta by KO (punch). Round 3, 2:04

Marcel Goncalves def. Dietter Navarro by submission (armbar). Round 1, 2:01

Brett Cooper def. Valdir Araujo by TKO (punches). Round 3, 4:25

Rad Martinez def. Brian van Hoven by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Ailton Barbosa def. Ryan Keenan by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 1:55

Christiano Souza def. John Kelly by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

James Reese def. Martin Brown by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Photo: Bryan Baker was true to his nickname against Jared Hess at Bellator 50 (Keith Mills/Sherdog)