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Lake Charles welcomes loaded Bellator 69 lineup from L’Auberge Casino Resort on May 18th


All eyes will be on Bellator as the promotion returns to Lake Charles, Louisiana for Bellator 69 from L’Auberge Casino Resort on Friday, May 18. The night will feature the long-awaited battle between No. 1 ranked women’s 115-pound fighter Megumi Fujii and No. 2 ranked Jessica Aguilar, as well as the semifinals and finals of the $100,000 welterweight and middleweight tournaments respectively, along as a Heavyweight Tournament qualifier as knockout specialist Ron Sparks takes on rising star Kevin Asplund, who is currently riding a 15-fight win streak.

Maiquel “Big Rig” Falcao will bring his explosive knockout power to the Bellator Middleweight Tournament Finals as he battles Swedish born Andreas Spang as both fierce competitors look to lock up a guaranteed title shot later this year. Spang delivered a vicious knockout to Brian Rogers in the semifinals and will look to continue his impressive run with another dominating victory.

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After Brian “The Beast” Baker punched his ticket to the Bellator Welterweight Finals at Bellator 67, David “The Caveman” Rickels and Karl “Psycho” Amoussou will look to do the same at Bellator 69. Both fighters can end a fight in the blink of an eye, and are sure to provide fireworks on May 18 from L’Auberge.

Lake Charles native Josh Quayhagen will have the hometown support in the Bellator cage when he takes on fellow lightweight Cliff Wright Jr. in a 155lb affair. Quayhagen gained popularity when he defeated Brazilian Muay Thai Kickboxing Champion Cosmo Alexander at Bellator 52 last year and is looking to keep the momentum going when he fights in front of family and friends from L’Auberge Casino Resort.

Bellator 69 will feature the return of unbeaten Russian import, Andrey “Spartan” Koreshkov as he faces Shreveport’s Derrick Krantz in a welterweight matchup. Koreshkov put on a phenomenal display when he made his promotional debut at Bellator 63, knocking out Tiawan Howard, and will try to build off the win when he faces Krantz in enemy territory.

Also, a pair of light heavyweights step into the cage as Bellator Season 5 Heavyweight Tournament fighter Josh Burns makes the drop to 205lbs to take on Richard “Rare Breed” Hale. Hale, a well-rounded mixed martial artist that has posted 15 stoppages in 18 wins is most known for his Bellator 38 inverted triangle choke submission over Nik Fekete that had the MMA world abuzz

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The heavyweights return to L’Auberge as Mark Holata is eyeing victory when he takes on Abe Wagner. No stranger to the Bellator cage, both competitors bring incredible knockout power anytime they step into the cage, and are prepared for a slugfest on May 18.

The card will be rounded out as fast-rising prospect Emanuel “E.J.” Brooks will put his undefeated record on the line when he squares off against Kalvin Hackney in a lightweight contest. Brooks is looking to earn his fourth consecutive victory under the Bellator banner while Hackney, fighting out of nearby Alexandria, Louisiana, will attempt to rebound from a Bellator 45 submission loss.

MAIN CARD:

Middleweight Tournament Final Fight: Maiquel Falcao (30-4) vs. Andreas Spang (8-1)
Welterweight Tournament Semifinal Fight: David Rickels (10-0) vs. Karl Amoussou (14-4-2)
Women’s Feature Fight: Megumi Fujii (25-1) vs. Jessica Aguilar (13-4)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Ron Sparks (8-1) vs. Kevin Asplund (15-1)

PRELIMINARY CARD:

Heavyweight Feature Fight: Abe Wagner (10-5) vs. Mark Holata (11-3)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Andrey Koreshkov (9-0) vs. Derrick Krantz (11-5)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Kalvin Hackney (11-2) vs. Emanuel Brooks (6-0)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Josh Burns (6-5) vs. Richard Hale (18-4)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Josh Quayhagen (3-0) vs. Cliff Wright Jr. (6-2)

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Bellator 69 Weigh-In Results


The Bellator 69 weigh-ins have been completed from Lake Charles, Louisiana in preparation for Bellator’s Friday night event at L’Auberge Casino Resort, which features the Bellator Season 6 Middleweight Tournament Finals between Maiquel Falcao and Andreas Spang. Also, Megumi Fujii will square off against Jessica Aguilar in a women’s feature fight while Ron Sparks will face Kevin Asplund in a heavyweight matchup. Additionally, a highly-anticipated Bellator Season 6 Welterweight Tournament semifinal will take place as Karl Amoussou takes on David Rickels. Both fighters had choice words for their opponent as Rickels began the verbal sparring.

“He can play head games,” Rickels said. “I know he has a heart in there. I’m going to find it and I’m going to crush it.”

The imposing Amoussou stared down his opponent and responded: “I just know I’m going to run right through him. Look at him, he’s ugly. Look at his body and look at my body. I’m going to destroy him.”

The heated rivalry between Maiquel Falcao and Andreas Spang for the Bellator Season 6 Middleweight Tournament Championship was ignited once again by both fighters’ post weigh-in interviews.

With Spang stepping off the scale and telling the L’Auberge Casino Resort crowd to “expect fireworks,” his opponent Falcao responded: “I came to win. If I have to hurt him, I will.”

Bellator 69 will be broadcast LIVE on Friday, May 18 at 8:00 pm ET/7:00 pm CT on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX. The undercard will begin at 7:00 pm ET/ 6:00 pm CT and will be streamed LIVE and FREE around the world on Spike.com.



The full results for Bellator 69 are below:


MAIN CARD:

Middleweight Tournament Final Fight: Maiquel Falcao (186 lbs.) vs. Andreas Spang (185.8 lbs.)*
Welterweight Tournament Semifinal Fight: David Rickels (170.6) vs. Karl Amoussou (170)
Women’s Feature Fight: Megumi Fujii (116) vs. Jessica Aguilar (115.6)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Ron Sparks (264.6) vs. Kevin Asplund (239)


PRELIMINARY CARD:

Heavyweight Feature Fight: Abe Wagner (248.8) vs. Mark Holata (250.6)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Andrey Koreshkov (170.8) vs. Derrick Krantz (170.8)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Kalvin Hackney (156) vs. Emanuel Brooks (156)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Booker Arthur (145.4) vs. Shanon Slack (146)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Josh Burns (206) vs. Richard Hale (205)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Josh Quayhagen (158.2) vs. Cliff Wright Jr. (155.6)**



*Falcao weighed in at 186 pounds on his second attempt. He originally weighed in at 188 pounds.

**Quayhagen and Wright Jr. have agreed to fight at a catchweight of 158 pounds. There was a 20 percent purse deduction from Quayhagen.

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Falcao wins Season 6 Middleweight Tourney, Amoussou moves to Welterweight Finals from L’Auberge Casino Resort at Bellator 69


The 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, Louisiana LIVE on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX.

“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. Williamsread 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.”

The top two female fighters in the world squared off inside the Bellator cage Friday night as No. 2 ranked Jessica Aguilar met No. 1 ranked Megumi Fujii in front of an excited crowd at L’Auberge Casino Resort. 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.”



Bellator 69 - Results:


Main Card:

Maiquel Falcao def. Andreas Spang via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27) - middleweight tourney finale

Karl Amoussou def. David Rickels via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28) - welterweight tourney semifinal

Jessica Aguilar def. Megumi Fujii via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Mark Holata def. Abe Wagner via submission (achilles lock) - Round 1, 2:24


Preliminary Card:

Emanuel "E.J." Brooks def. Kalvin Hackney via unanimous decision

Josh Quayhagen def. Cliff Wright via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Shanon Slack def. Booker Arthur via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Andrey Koreshkov def. Derrick Krantz (strikes) - Round 3, 0:51

Richard Hale def. Josh Burns via submission (punches) - Round 1, 0:38

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