Cagewriter - Mixed Martial Arts

Bellator traveled to Kansas City last night and had all of their middleweight quarterfinals in an outdoor cage in the Power and Light District, setting up the semifinals of the MW tournament.

Three of the fights ended early.

Jared Hess, who was a finalist in Bellator's first season, continued to have success. After controlling the pace in the first round, Hess sunk in a guillotine choke on former IFL champ Ryan McGivern, causing him to tap out at 1:54 in the second.

Bryan Baker, whose only loss in 13 bouts is to Chael Sonnen, picked up a quick win, TKOing Sean Loeffler. Baker took the action to the ground and rained down punches until the bout was stopped.

WEC vet Eric Schambari moved onto the semifinals with a side choke of "The Ultimate Fighter" alum Luke Zachrich at 3:05 of the first round.

The only bout to go to decision was a scrap between Alexander Shlemenko and Matt Major. Shlemenko, a Russian fighter who has more than 30 bouts under his belt, won the unanimous decision, 30-27 on all three judges' cards. He won with several spinning attacks, including backfists, kicks and punches.

After the fights, Bellator announced that Hess will face Shlemenko in the next round while Baker will fight Schambari, a rematch from when the two fought in the WEC. Baker won that time, giving Schambari the only loss on his record.

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