Bellator 66 takes place later tonight at the IX Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The event airs live on MTV2 at 8pm ET/7pm CT. The prelims will precede the MTV2 broadcast at 7pm ET and 10pm ET on Spike.com.
In the main event, former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez takes on Japanese grappling sensation Shinya Aoki in a rematch of their 2008 bout.
Maiquel Falcao goes head to head with Vyacheslav Vasilevsky in the second seminfal bout of the season six middleweight tournament.
In a key middleweight tournament bout, Brian Rogers takes on Andreas Spang.
The lightweight tournament continues as Brent Weedman takes on Thiago Michel.
And lastly, surprise semifinalist Lloyd “Cupcake” Woodard takes on Rick Hawn.
Results and recap after the jump.
- Eddie Alvarez def. Shinya Aoki via TKO (Punches) at 2:14 of Round 1
- Andreas Spang def. Brian Rogers via TKO (Punches) at 3:34 of Round 2
- Maiquel Jose Falcao Goncalves def. Vyacheslav Vasilevsky via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Rick Hawn def. Lloyd Woodard via TKO (Punches) at 0:10 of Round 2
- Brent Weedman def. Thiago Michel Pereira Silva via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Jessica Eye def. Anita Rodriguez via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- John Hawk def. Marcus Vanttinen via Split Decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
- Attila Vegh def.Dan Spohn via Split Decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)
- Frank Caraballo def. Donny Walker via Knockout (Flying Knee) at 2:25 of Round 4
- Julian Lane def. Joe Heiland via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:49 of Round 1
Shinya Aoki vs. Eddie Alvarez: A bad time awaited in America for Shinya Aoki. For whatever reason, Aoki decided to try and stand with Alvarez, which caused him to eat a solid right, and while playing his cocky buttscooting game, Eddie jumped right into his guard and just laid a beating on him. Aoki’s corner threw in the towel, but the referee didn’t see it, and Shinya took shot after shot. Eddie Alvarez gets back on track with the TKO win at 2:14 of round one.
Brian Rogers vs. Andreas Spang: What a scrap. Brian Rogers hurt Spang early and often. The late replacement almost had a fight ending rear naked choke locked in, but as the first went on, Rogers took control. In the second, “The Predator” was living up to his namesake, consistently hurting Spang, and coming very close to finishing, but, it would be Spang who landed a counter left hook, which Rogers’ corner has specifically warned him about, knocking him unconscious at 3:34 of round two.
Vyacheslav Vasilevsky vs. Maiquel Jose Falcao Goncalves: In the first middleweight semifinal bout, Maiquel Falcao underwhelmed, and put on, what could be best described as a disappointing performance. After being dropped and controlled through the first, Falcao came back and made the second round considerably more entertaining. In the third, Falcao turned it on, hurt his opponent a couple of times, and maintained top control for much of the final frame. In the end, the second round, which was incredibly close, was the difference maker, as Falcao was given the unanimous decision win with scores of 29-28 across the board.
Rick Hawn vs. Lloyd Woodard: In the second lightweight semifinal bout, Lloyd Woodard was looking for a brawl. The ever patient Rick Hawn was not interested in that, however. Hawn used his Judo and his strong striking skills to keep Woodard away and take a slow round. In the second, Woodard came running out quickly, was blasted with a violently powerful right hand, which dropped him and was followed up by several shots. The stoppage came at 0:10 of the second round.
Thiago Michel Pereira Silva vs. Brent Weedman: In the opening bout on the main card, Thiago Michel demonstrated some of the striking that has made him a kickboxing champion. The first round was incredibly close, with Weedman opting to stand with Michel, testing his abilities. After a couple blows by Michel landed, Weedman looked slightly more tentative. In the second, it was Michel surprised many as he locked in a solid choke on Weedman, which, given his striking acumen, was not expected. That decision however, would not serve him well, as Weedman would dominate for the rest of the second with knees on the ground. In the third, Weedman got picked apart. Michel kept it standing, threw a ton of “spinning sh!t” and delivered a significant amount of damage to Weedman. In the end, it went to the judges, who gave Brent Weedman the split decision with scores of 28-29, 29-28, and 29-28.
Jessica Eye vs. Anita Rodriguez: In the final fight of the night, excitement was at the forefront. Local fighter “Evil” Eye, who doesn’t fit her nickname well, took the fight to Rodriguez, who just had absolutely nothing to offer. Aside from the occasional counter striker, Eye dominated this fight from start to finish, and took home the clear-cut unanimous decision to Jessica Eye with scores of 30-27 across the board.
John Hawk vs. Marcus Vanttinen: In the final preliminary bout before the main card. Local fight John Hawk took on another European prospect in Marcus Vanttinen. In what was a relative uneventful fight, nearly as slow as the last. While Vanttinen was highly-touted as a potential 205 contender in the future, he had a less than stellar debut. Hawk often beat him to the punch, and in the end, took home the split decision win with scores of 29-28, 27-30, and 29-28.
Dan Spohn vs. Attila Vegh: In what was a relatively uneventful bout, Vegh and Spohn went toe to toe. Despite being highly-touted as a prospect, Vegh was incredibly underwhelming. There really isn’t much to say this about, it was a sleeper. Vegh picked up the slow, split decision win with scores of 30-27, 29-28, and 28-29.
Donny Walker vs. Frank Caraballo: In a five-round NAAFS Featherweight Champion, Frank Caraballo showed who was king. Caraballo absolutely dominated from start to finish, scoring what could easily be scored as two 10-8 rounds. As the televised stream began, so did the fourth round, and things got under way in violent fashion, as Caraballo delivered a devastating jumping knee that knocked his opponent out cold at 2:25.
Julian Lane vs. Joe Heiland: In a local attraction bout, which was not televised, Julian Lane had his way with Joe Heiland. After a brief exchange, Heiland found his head a little too far in the arms of Lane, and was forced to tap to a guillotine choke at 2:49 of the first round.