Taking place from the L’Auberge Casino, Bellator 69 also features a welterweight tournament semifinal bout between David Rickels and Karl Amoussou. The winner will earn the right to face Bryan Baker in the welterweight finals. In women’s action, submission specialist Megumi “Mega Megu” Fujii takes on Jessica “Jag” Aguilar. The main card is rounded out by a heavyweight tournament qualifying bout mathcing Ron Sparks against Kevin Asplund.
The main card for Bellator 69 will be televised live on MTV2 and EPIX HD beginning at 8:00pm ET and the preliminary card will stream free on Spike.com beginning at 7:00pm ET.
Bellator 69 Main Card Results
Ron Sparks vs. Kevin Asplund
This bout was scratched after Sparks became ill in the morning.
Abe Wagner vs. Mark Holata
Holata defeated Wagner by ankle lock submission at 2:24 of the first round. This bout was promoted to the main card in place of the Sparks-Asplund bout and serves as a qualifier for the Season 7 heavyweight tournament. Holata quickly scored a takedown but Wagner was active from the bottom as worked an armbar. Holata dropped back and grabbed a leg and Wagner countered by securing Holata’s leg. After a brief stalemate it appeared that the referee was standing the fighters up but he actually was calling off the fight as Wagner verbally submitted to the ankle lock. It was iitially a confusing and anti-climatic ending but the fight replay cleared showed the verbal submission.
Megumi Fujii vs. Jessica Aguilar
It was a tightly contested bout between the top two 115-pound fighters. It was Fujii who was more active for the first two rounds as she pressed the action behind combinations and kicks. However, she would have trouble finding her range and getting inside the defense of Aguilar. While not as a active, a stiff jab and effective counter-punching from Aguilar helped helped to inflict more damage to Fujii. The third round was all Fujii who was able to get the fight to the ground and in top control.
David Rickels vs. Karl Amoussou
Amoussou defeated Rickels by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28). It was a tale of two fights as Amoussou controlled the action early but holds on against the surging Rickels late. Amoussou can out very aggressive and Rickels’ willingness to brawl helped Amoussou land a couple big takedowns. Amoussou would dish out some punishment on the ground but Rickels would weather the storm. Rickels began to take control with his stand-up game midway through the second round as Amoussou had slowed considerably. The third round was spent with Rickels in top control pounding Amoussou from his guard. Amoussou was battered and bloodied at the end of the fight but he advances to the welterweight tournament finals against Bryan Baker.
Maiquel Falcao vs. Andreas Spang
Falcao defeated Spang by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27). Spang rocked Falcao in the opening minute of the fight. However Falcao was able to recover and record two takedowns as he kept the fight in close quarters. Falcao would have a point deducted after he kneed a grounded Spang to the head. The final two rounds where dominated by Falcao as Spang had no answer for the Brazilian’s ground game. Falcao kept the action on the ground where he pounded Spang with hammerfists and knees. With the win Falcao captures the season six middleweight tournament.
Following the bout it was announced that Falcao will face Season 5 winner Alexander Shlemenko for the Bellator middleweight championship.