Bellator 66 Results – Eddie Alvarez TKOs Shinya Aoki

bellator 66 alvarez vs aoki 2The Bellator Fighting Championships travels to the I-X Center in Cleveland with a stacked card on Friday, April 20th.

Highlighting the event is a highly anticipated rematch between lightweights Eddie Alvarez and Shinya Aoki. Alvarez, a former Bellator champion, will look to avenge a first round submission loss to Aoki in December 2008. The main card also features the semifinals of the Bellator season six lightweight and middleweight tournament.

The main card Bellator 66 will be televised live on MTV2 and in HD on EPIX beginning at 8:00pm ET and the preliminary card will stream for free online at Spike.com beginning at 7:00pm ET. The results will be posted below following each bout.

Bellator 66 Preliminary Card

Julian Lane vs. Joe Heiland
Lane defeated Heiland by guillotine choke submission at 2:49 of the first round.

Frank Carabello vs. Donny Walker
Carabello defeated Walker by knockout at 2:25 of the fourth round. Carabello landed a crushing jump knee that put Walker out cold. With the win Carabello captures the NAAAFS flyweight title.

Attila Vegh vs. Dan Spohn
Vegh defeated Spohn by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27).

Marcus Vanttinen vs. John Hawk
Hawk defeated Vanttinen by split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28).

Jessica Eye vs. Anita Rodriguez
Eye defeated Rodriguez by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Bellator 66 Main Card

Thiago Michel vs. Brent Weedman (Lightweight Semifinal)
Weedman defeated Michel by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28). Timely takedowns and an active ground game help to carry Weedman into the lightweight tournament finals.

Lloyd “Cupcake” Woodard vs. Rick Hawn (Lightweight Semifinal)
Hawn defeated Woodard by technical knockout at :10 of the second round. The first round saw Woodard trying to turn the fight into a brawl but Hawn would not stray from his game plan. Woodard pressed forward to Hawn to open the second round. Hawn backpedaled a few steps before squaring up and crushing Woodard with a right that put Cupcake down and out. Hawn advances to the lightweight tournament finals where he will face Weedman.

Vyacheslav Vasilevsky vs. Maiquel Falcao (Middleweight Semifinal)
Falcao defeated Vasilevsky by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). Vasilevsky controlled the first round with a variety of trip takedowns and top control as he avoided the power of Falcao. The second frame was much closer and was probably the deciding round. Vasilevsky again was able to takedown Falcao and was also effective with his striking. However, it was Falcao who would get a takedown late in the round as he began to turn the fight around. Falcao rocked Vasilevsky early in the third in a round in which he clearly controlled against the tough Vasilevsky. Falcao advances to the middleweight tournament finals.

Andreas Spang vs. Brian Rogers (Middleweight Semifinal)
Spang defeated Rogers by knockout at 3:34 of the second round. It was an exciting middleweight battle as Rogers and Spang would go toe-to-toe for most of the bout. Rogers had Spang on the run early but he slipped on a high kick attempt. Spang jumped on his back looking the rear-naked choke but Rogers would survive and get back to his feet. From there he responded with an aggressive attack as he looked for another highlight reel flying knee. Rogers rocked Spang early in the second round was more measured in his offense as he looked to pick his shots. Spang hung tough as he held Rogers at bay with push kicks. Spang worked his way off the fence and crumbled Rogers with a crushing left hook. Spang dropped one more strike to the fallen Rogers before the referee called the fight off. An amazing comeback win by Spang who was a late replacement for the fight.

Following the post fight interviews Falcao entered the cage and got in the face of Spang. Apparently Spang was not a fan of that as he shoved Falcao away. The cornermen and announcer Jimmy Smith had to step in to separate the fighters.

Eddie Alvarez vs. Shinya Aoki
Alvarez defeated Aoki by technical knockout at 2:14 of the first round. Aoki missed with an elbow strike but Alvarez countered with a short right that dropped him. Aoki did not seem hurt as he appeared to try to bait Alvarez to the ground. Alvarez paused for a second before quickly jumping into Aoki’s guard to attack. Alvarez unloaded with a flurry of strikes as a stunned Aoki tried to cover up. Aoki’s corner threw in the towel but the referee did not see it. Alvarez continued the beat down until the referee finally stepped in. Alvarez avenges the previous loss to Alvarez in impressive fashion.