Bellator 66 took place live from the I-X Center in Cleveland and was aired on MTV 2. Bellator 66 played host to the semifinals of both the lightweight and middleweight tournament, as well as a lightweight grudge match between Dream champion Shinya Aoki and former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.

Alvarez makes short work of Aoki

Alvarez has waited years for this rematch and he made sure that he made the most of it. Both fighters came prepared for war, but it was Alvarez who was able to capitalize on his opponent’s mistake. Aoki attempted to throw a short elbow and Alvarez dropped him with a counter right and immediately took control of the situation with vicious ground-and-pound, forcing the referee to intervene.

Spang KOs Roger in dramatic fashion

There was absolutely no love lost between Andreas Spang and Brian Rogers when they met in the center of the cage, and their performance showed it. Rogers came out firing and connecting, sending Spang backpedaling towards the cage. Rogers went for a head kick and slipped, giving Spang the opportunity to grab his back and attempt to finish the fight with a rear-naked choke, but to no avail. Rogers was able to free himself and continue to land bombs to the dome of Spang.

In the second round, it was more of the same. Rogers was able to land punches at will, hurting Spang badly, but he could not get the finish. Rogers hit Spang with everything but the kitchen sink, and when he went to hit him with the kitchen sink, Spang landed a beautiful counter left hook that sent Rogers to the canvas. Spang immediately jumped on Rogers, forcing the referee to jump in and stop the fight before Rogers had childhood memories beat out of his head. Spang will now face Maiquel Falcao in the finals of the middleweight tournament.

Falcao edges Vasilevsky, earns spot in finals

Vyacheslav Vasilevsky came out firing and was able to land several shots on Maiquel Falcao before catching a leg kick and taking the fight to the ground. For most of the first round, Vasilevsky lay in the guard of Falcao, trying to work some ground-and-pound, but Falcao defended very well. Falcao was able to control the wrists of Vasilevsky and attempted multiple submissions, slowing down the offense of Vasilevsky. Though he spent the majority of the round in a dominant position, Vasilevsky was not able to do much with it.

In the second and third round, Falcao turned up his game. By no means did he dominate the rounds, but he certainly did enough counter striking in the second to secure the round. He was able to counter Vasilevsky at will, earning him the round.

In the third round, Falcao connected with several punches that seemed to hurt Vasilevsky, but Falcao could not really capitalize on them. Though he was unable to drop Vasilevsky or finish him, Falcao did enough to win the round. Falcao was able to use his superior striking to dictate the pace of the fight and ultimately win a unanimous decision.

Hawn TKO’s Woodard

Llyod Woodard shocked the world when he broke the arm of Patricky “Pitbull” Freire to move on in the lightweight tournament.  Tonight, however, it was Woodard who was shocked as he walked into a right hand from Hawn that sent him to the canvas in dramatic fashion.  Hawn wasted little time raining down hammer fists, forcing the referee to stop the bout just 10 seconds into the second round.  With the TKO victory, Rick Hawn moves on to the lightweight finals to face Brent Weedman.

Weedman earns spot in finals

In a war that went back and forth and gave fight fans the excitement that they have come to expect from the Bellator tournaments, Brent Weedman edged out a victory over Thiago Michel via split decision.  All three rounds went back and forth with neither fighter able to really dominate the other.  Both fighters did have opportunities to finish the fight, but neither one could capitalize.  At the end of the fight, it was Weedman that was the worse for wear as his right eye was completely swollen shut, but two of the three judges felt that he did enough to win the fight and awarded him the victory via split decision.  Weedman will now move on to the finals of the lightweight tournament.

Main Card Results
  • Eddie Alvarez def. Shinya Aoki via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:14
  • Andreas Spang def. Brian Rogers via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 3:34 – middleweight tourney semifinal
  • Maiquel Falcao def. Vyacheslav Vasilevsky via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-29) – middleweight tourney semifinal
  • Rick Hawn def. Lloyd Woodard via KO (punch) – Round 2, 0:10
  • Brent Weedman def. Thiago Michel via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Preliminary Card Results
  • Jessica Eye def. Anita Rodriguez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • John Hawk def. Marcus Vanttinen via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Attila Vegh def. Dan Spohn via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
  • Frank Carabello def. Donny Walker via knockout (flying knee) – Round 4, 2:25
  • Julian Lane def. Joe Heiland via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 2:49

Photo: Eduardo Dantas (top) rains punches on Zach Makovsky (Keith Mills/Sherdog)

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