Lightweight Eddie Alvarez wasted little time evening the score with Shinya Aoki at Bellator 66, avenging the result of their initial meeting more than three years ago when the submission-savvy grappler put him away early. This time around the former Bellator champion avoided Aoki’s ground-based arsenal, only opting to dive into his guard after rocking him in the opening round. The decision would prove to be a smart one with Alvarez pounding Aoki out a few ticks before the midway point of the first frame.
The 23-3 Alvarez ended a seven-fight winning streak for Aoki with the performance, positioning himself nicely to negotiate a new contract with Bellator or see what Zuffa will throw at him to jump ship.
Other action at Bellator 66 included a pair of semifinal scraps in the Season 6 tournament field with lightweights Brent Weedman-Rick Hawn and middleweights Maiquel Falcao-Andreas Spang advancing to their respective divisional final where they’ll face off for a title-shot a month from now.
Also worth nothing, Falcao and/or Spang could see their match-up put in jeopardy depending on how the Ohio Athletic Commission decides to address a mini-melee in the ring brought on by Spang’s decision to shove Falcao during a post-victory staredown. Falcao responded by rushing in and throwing a knee to Spang’s midsection before cooler heads prevailed.
A video of highlights from the event and full results can be found below:
Jessica Eye def. Anita Rodriguez via Unanimous Decision
Julian Lane def. Joe Heiland via Submission Round 1 (Guillotine Choke)
Donny Walkerdef. Frank Caraballo via Knockout Round 3 (Flying Knee)
Attila Vegh def. Dan Spohn via Split Decision
John Hawk def. Marcus Vanttinen via Split Decision
Brent Weedman def. Thiago Michel via Split Decision
Rick Hawn def. Lloyd Woodard via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
Maiquel Falcao def. Vyacheslav Vasilevsky via Unanimous Decision
Andreas Spang def. Brian Rogers via Knockout Round 2 (Strikes)
Eddie Alvarez def. Shinya Aoki via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
MMATraining Take: Spang and Falcao both acted like idiots and deserved to be fined for their behavior. However, I don’t think either should be suspended as the promotion is somewhat at fault for bringing them together in the first place and the entire scrum only lasted a few seconds.