Bellator Fighting Championships has wrapped up another Friday night fight card as Bellator 69: "Falcao vs. Spang" invaded the L'Auberge du Lac Casino Resort in Lake Charles, La., last night (May 18, 2012).
The event was headlined by a bout between Maiquel Falcao and Andreas Spang to determine the winner of the Season Six Middleweight tournament champion. Due to some recent Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) wheeling and dealing, the winner,
luckily unfortunately, will not have to get to fight former Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard, but the tournament championship and gigantic winner's check will have to do for now.
Follow me after the jump, where we'll review all the highs and lows of Bellator 69: "Falcao vs. Spang:"
The main event between Maiquel Falcao and Andreas Spang did not disappoint, delivering a middleweight mash up with blistering exchanges and diverse positions.
After eating a big shot early on, Falcao recovered and came forward to put on a pretty dominant first round performance. Unfortunately, Falcao was deducted a point for an illegal knee, causing the round to, in all probability, result in a 9-9 tie.
From that point on, it was all Falcao, who made great work of the clinch and his ground game to apply pressure on Spang and never let off the accelerator.
For more than two rounds, Falcao was draped all over the back of Spang, who could not find a way to shake him, eating absorbing plenty of punishment to the sides of his head, his ribcage and quads via the short punches, hammerfists and knees of Falcao.
After three full rounds, it was an easy decision, as Falcao took down the victory and the right to take on Alexander Shlemenko for the Bellator Middleweight Championship.
The welterweight bout between David Rickels and Karl Amoussou featured two 170-pounders who did not like each other one bit. The prize, a slot in the final match opposite Bryan Baker, was a highly motivating factor for each fighter, and it was evident during each second of the highly anticipated match up.
The first round produced a bizarre scene, wherein Amoussou's jock strap rip after a low kick from Rickels. The next few minutes were spent trying to find Amoussou a back up jock strap, before they finally opted to tape his cup onto his groin with athletic tape.
I've never had to swear God I wasn't lying in an article before today. There's a first time for everything.
After the unpleasantries were finally dealt with, the fight got back into full swing, and it was a raucous first two rounds, to say the least.
"Psycho" appeared to clearly win the first round by making use of his striking, some good knees inside the clinch, a few nice judo throws and a dominant top game. At no point did it look like Rickels was in danger of being finished, but Amoussou did a good job of keeping him down and landing some decent ground and pound.
The second round was close. Razor thin, really. Amoussou appeared to have outstruck Rickels again, but near the end of the fight, Rickels was able to throw on an armbar attempt that was very close to securing a submission, before Amoussou escaped at the bell.
The third round saw Rickels score a takedown midway through, and he never relented, staying on top the entire time and landing some serious ground and pound.
For two-plus minutes, Rickels used hammerfists and Sakuraba-esque two-handed palm smashes to takedown a very one-sided third round.
Ultimately, the fight had to be decided by the judges, which was no easy task. The split decision went to Amoussou, which was met by the disapproval of the crowd, who seemed to believe Rickels was robbed of the win.
Amoussou will go on to fight Bryan Baker in the Bellator Welterweight tournament final, sometime later this summer.
Megumi Fujii vs. Jessica Aguilar pitted the top two 115-pound women's mixed martial artists in the world against each other in the Bellator cage.
The fight started off somewhat slowly, as each fighter showed a good deal of respect for the other in the opening minutes.
The early key to the fight that proved to be the overall difference in the bout was the stand up of Aguilar. "JAG" was able to use her movement and striking to get in and out and pepper Fujii with punches throughout the first and second rounds.
Fujii came forward, much more aggressively, in the third round, as it appeared she knew she was down on the scorecard. Though she did make a good push, scoring a takedown and staying on top for the majority of the final frame, it was too little, too late.
Aguilar earned the much deserved unanimous decision victory and was emotional in the cage afterwards. It was a nice moment to be sure.
For complete Bellator 69 results and detailed round-by-round commentary of all the televised fights as well as the main event click here.