Bellator 69 takes place later tonight at the L’Auberge Casino in Lake Charles, Louisiana. 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, the season six middleweight tournament comes to a close as rivals Maiquel Falcao and Andreas Spang finally throw down.
The welterweight semifinals wrap up as Karl Amoussou faces undefeated David Rickels.
#1 ranked female fighter Megumi Fujii takes on the always tough Jessica Aguilar.
****Ron Sparks was scheduled to take on Kevin Asplund, but was not medically cleared due to a sinus infection, and concerns about his blood pressure on fight day.****
Results and recap after the jump.
- Maiquel Falcao def. Andreas Spang via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
- Karl Amoussou def. David Rickels via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Jessica Aguilar def. Megumi Fujii via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Mark Holata def. Abe Wagner via Submission (Ankle Lock) at 2:24 of Round 1
- Josh Quayhagen def. Cliff Wright via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Shanon Slack def. Booker Arthur via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Andrey Koreshkov def. Derrick Krantz via TKO (Punches and Knees) at 0:51 of Round 3
- Richard Hale def. Josh Burns via TKO (Punches) at 0:38 of Round 1
- E.J. Brooks def. Kalvin Hackney via Unanimous Decision
Andreas Spang vs. Maiquel Falcao: This fight was all Falcao. After weathering an early storm from Spang, Falcao took over, taking Spang to the ground and beating the hell out of him. Late in the first, Falcao was deducted one point for an illegal knee to the head, but it did not matter, as through the next two frames, Falcao completely dominated on the feet and on the ground. Andreas Spang had absolutely nothing for him after the opening flurry, and the Brazilian took home yet another unanimous decision win with scores of 29-27, 29-27, and you guessed it, 29-27.
Karl Amoussou vs. David Rickels: In classic Bellator fashion, the important bouts are full of hilarious accidents. A low kick to the cup of Amoussou in the opening exchange snapped the strap on his cup, causing several moments of inaction in the cage, as they searched for a new cup, and opted to patch his back together. After the fight got underway, Amoussou got down to business, tossing his opponent to the ground and blasting him with ground and pound. The first round was nearly all “Psycho”, as he threatened with a heel hook to close the frame. In the second, Rickels made his comeback, found his range, and started battering Amoussou. At one point, Rickels came close to snatching Karl’s arm. In the third round, it was all Rickels. “The Caveman” took his French foe down and dominated from start to finish, maintaining solid top control, and attacking with rib roasters and Sakuraba-like hammerfists. After an exciting and entertaining 15 minutes, the judges rendered scores of 28-29, 29-28, and 29-28 for Karl Amoussou.
Megumi Fujii vs. Jessica Aguilar: The #1 and #2 ranked 115 pound women proved why they are the top of the heap in the division. It was an incredibly close fight. The first arguably went to “Mega Megu”, as she was the aggressor, and threatened with submissions from all angles. In the second, Aguilar took control and landed the more effective blows, while controlling the pace of the fight. In the final round, Megu took control, took Aguilar down, and dominated for the full five minutes. In a close fight such as this, two fighters who have suffered losses to questionable decisions previously in Bellator, had to have been nervous. In the end, the judges scored this fight 29-28 across the board for Jessica Aguilar.
Abe Wagner vs. Mark Holata: Holata was quick to take Wagner to the ground, despite promising to keep it standing. While Wagner threatened with armbars and triangles from the guard, he found himself caught in an ankle lock, and yelled out “tap” prompting the ref to stop the bout at 2:24 of round one.
Josh Quayhagen vs. Cliff Wright: In the final bout of the evening, Josh Quayhagen continued his undefeated streak as he dominated Cliff Wright for three full rounds. With improved striking, and enough wits about him to avoid finding himself in any danger or playing to his opponent’s strength, Quayhagen avoided everything Wright had for him and smashed his for over and over. After 15 minutes of a one-sided fight, Quayhagen took home the unanimous decision with scores of 30-27 all around.
Booker Arthur vs. Shanon Slack: This fight wasn’t pretty, but the effectiveness of Olympic-level wrestling was certainly on display. All three rounds were exactly the same, with Slack taking down Arthur, and maintaining unshakable top control throughout. It was simply takedown, rinse, repeat for 15 minutes. Slack gets the nod with 30-27s all around.
Andrey Koreshkov vs. Derrick Krantz: The Russian was at his best. Koreshkov dominated this fight from start to finish. The Alexander Shlemenko protege landed one of the nastiest spinning back kicks in the first round, and that kick took the fight out of his opponent. From then on, fans were treated to a one-sided beatdown as Koreshkov hurt Krantz repeatedly. Early in the third, some shots hurt Krantz badly, and the Russian followed up with punches and knees to put his foe away at 0:51 of the third round.
Richard Hale vs. Josh Burns: This fight was basically a gimme for Hale. Hale hurt Burns with a jab, dropped him, followed up, and the ref waved it off at 0:38 of the first round. Quick win for Hale.
Kalvin Hackney vs. E.J. Brooks: This fight opened the untelevised portion of the card. I have no idea what happened, but Brooks took home a unanimous decision.