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Bellator 69 Results: Falcao Earns Title Shot; Aguilar Scores Huge Victory Over Fujii

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Bellator 69 PosterThe Bellator Season 6 Middleweight Tournament came to a close Friday night as Maiquel Falcao earned a unanimous decision victory over Andreas Spang and secured his shot at the Bellator middleweight world championship, while Karl Amoussou moved one-step closer to an opportunity at the Bellator welterweight world championship with a hard fought win against a game David Rickels. Also, Jessica Aguilar and Mark Holata picked up impressive wins at Bellator 69 from L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles, La.

“Two of the most highly anticipated tournament fights of the season were scheduled on the same night from L’Auberge Casino Resort and they did not disappoint,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “Maiquel Falcao and Andreas Spang definitely lived up to the billing; and Karl Amoussou vs. David Rickels was a back-and-forth battle that could’ve went either way. It was a great night for Jessica Aguilar as well, as she proved she is the best in the world beating the world’s greatest pound-for-pound female fighter Megumi Fujii.”

One of the most heated rivalries in all of MMA came to a close in the Bellator cage Friday night as noted striker Maiquel Falcao and knockout artist Andreas Spang fought for the Bellator Season 6 Middleweight Tournament Championship, $100,000 and the right to fight Alexander Shlemenko for the Bellator middleweight world title.

The first round saw a flurry of punches by Spang (8-2) that had his Brazilian foe stunned. Falcao (31-4), visibly hurt from the blows, was able to clinch with Spang and recover. Later in the round, Falcao landed an illegal knee to the head of Spang while Spang was grounded. After Falcao suffered a one-point deduction, the fight continued. For the final two rounds, Falcao was able to utilize his extensive Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to control Spang and avoid multiple guillotine attempts. When cage announcer Michael C. Williams read the judges’ scorecards, all three scored the fight 29-27 in favor of Maiquel Falcao.

“I brought the best team in the world,” said a satisfied Falcao. “I have the best grappling coach in the world. There’s no way I won’t improve my grappling game.”

Karl Amoussou and David Rickels had some strong words for each other at the Bellator 69 weigh-ins on Thursday that certainly added fuel to the fire of their Bellator Season 6 Welterweight Tournament Semifinal bout. The Lake Charles faithful were fully in support for the duration of the action-packed contest as both fighters exchanged powerful blows standing and on the ground.

In the first round, Amoussou (15-4) was able to land crushing strikes and displayed his impressive Judo. Rickels (10-1) remained unfazed with his opponent’s fast start as he battled back in a closer second round. The third was all Rickels. “The Caveman” controlled the majority of the round with vicious ground-and-pound from the top position that resulted in a mouse under the left eye of “Psycho.” After three hard fought rounds, the fight went to a decision. Two of the three judges scored the fight 29-28 to give Karl Amoussou the split-decision win.

“I think the fight was really close,” said Amoussou. “(Rickels) really earned my respect tonight.”

Two of the top female fighters in the world squared off inside the Bellator cage Friday night as Jessica Aguilar met Megumi Fujii. Through three razor-thin rounds, Fujii (25-2) looked to finish with her relentless submission attack, while Aguilar (14-4) worked her boxing and appeared content to counterstrike with her Japanese opponent. When the decision was announced, all three judges scored the fight 29-28 for Jessica Aguilar.

“This is a legend,” said Aguilar regarding Fujii. “It’s an honor for me to have competed against her and to have earned my victory against her.”

In the first fight of the evening, heavyweights Mark Holata and Abe Wagner looked to earn a spot in the Bellator Season 7 Heavyweight Tournament. Holata (12-3) immediately took Wagner (10-6) to the ground with a single-leg and went to work in his opponent’s guard. After landing multiple hammerfists, Holata dropped back and grabbed Wagner’s leg where he was able to secure a fight-ending leg lock as Wagner verbally submitted at 2:24 of the first round.

“I’m honored because this is the place to be,” said Holata “It’s where I want to compete. It’s the best of the best.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003311915309 georgesperry

    These Bellator shows are really entertaining. Big nanes just aren’t needed when you get competitive fights week after week. The commentating, and even the ring announcer are superior to the UFC, so that’s a plus too. Also… the shows end at 10 pm eastern as opposed to the UFC STARTING then.
    I am becoming a Bellator fan.

    • Brian

      I tend to agree. Bellator fights remind me a lot of the WEC days. The early time is good also.

    • shakejunt

      a lot of bellator fights are really on the line between “competitive” and simply “unable to finish”

      yes, i like mma in general and a fight is a fight, but bellator is just filler in between ufc events and the occasional relevant strikeforce match.

  • emmettbarnacle

    Wow you are dumb first belator doesn’t put on as many shows second saying the UFC isn’t competitive is rediculous. I like belator but your straight up dumb if u dont think the UFC is competitive also jimmy smith and the other guy are in no way better than joe Rogan and mike Goldberg. Tell jimmy smith to go back to Go back to fight quest that show was great unlike their commentary.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003311915309 georgesperry

    Who the hell are you calling dumb? I didn’t say the UFC didn’t have competitive matches, I said Bellator does, You must have an 80 IQ to even Imagine I said otherwise. If you like rogan and goldfarb more power to you, but I think they suck worse than you do. They pick a winner before the fight and commentate from that view point. The first Machida/Rua fight is the perfect example. They decided Rua was going to win and they were so damned sure of it they missed the whole gd fight. F u AH. They also took into the 3rd round of the Condit/Diaz fight before they realized Nick hadn’t done a damn thing yet. Jesus learn to comprehend before you comment.

  • http://www.twitter.com/uncanny390 uncanny390

    Jimmy Smith is a good commentator but Sean Wheelock is one of the worst. And Bruce Buffer is definitely better than Michael Williams.