Bellator 69 marks the beginning of the end of season six for the promotion as it is the second-to-last card of the season. The card features two tournament legs that include the middleweight finals and the welterweight semifinals.

In the middleweight tournament finals, we have Maiquel Falcao and Andreas Spang. If their last powder keg of a face-off in the cage didn’t show you a glimpse of what to expect, honestly I don’t know what will. The fight will be fireworks between two guys who don’t seem to like each other. Added onto this fight is the fact that the winner advances to face Alexander Shlemenko for the vacant Bellator middleweight strap.

In the welterweight semifinals, Karl Amoussou and David Rickels face each other with only a little bit left in the tournament before they get that title shot. The conclusion of the tournament won’t be until Bellator’s “Summer Series” though.

Bellator 69 comes to you live from L’Auberge Casino in Lake Charles, La., on May 18. The preliminary card, like always, airs live at 7 p.m. ET and again after the main card at 10 p.m. ET on and The main card airs live from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET on MTV 2.

MW Tourney Finals: Maiquel Falcao (30-4, 1 NC) vs. Andreas Spang (8-1)

Spang (L) scored a big upset in his last fight (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

These two fighters were involved in a big post-fight kerfuffle after Spang and Falcao won their respective fights at Bellator 66. Now these two get to use the moves they used in that post-fight interview in a legal and official match.

Both fighters have great striking skills that make this an interesting fight to watch.

In their last fights, both put on a display of just how dangerous their striking is. The difference being, though, that Falcao couldn’t handle his opponents judo in the first round and didn’t really put on a striking clinic until the third in a fight he almost lost.

Spang was different. He came out and was able to go toe-to-toe with Brian Rogers, who everybody knows has dangerous fight-ending power in his hands. Spang was able to survive being rocked, tried a rear-naked choke and eventually finished the fight with a beautiful left hook to knock out Rogers.

We didn’t really see much of Spang’s ground game in the last fight, but if he is pretty decent, he might look to put Falcao on his back. In the last fight, Falcao didn’t seem too comfortable fighting from that position.

I think this most likely becomes a striking match, and that’s dangerous for Spang. Spang does have a chance, though not to put him fully out. But Falcao gets the third-round knockout.

WW Tourney Semifinals: David Rickels (10-0) vs. Karl Amoussou (14-4-2)

Amoussou (R) chokes out his opponent (Keith Mills/Sherdog)

Amoussou is only three fights into his Bellator career and is now just one win away from being a welterweight finalist.

Amoussou is a submission specialist, and in his last fight against Chris Lozano, Amoussou displayed just that, locking in a second-round rear-naked choke for the victory. Mixed in with his grappling skills, Amoussou does have a decent arsenal of strikes that could put you away if you sleep on that aspect of his game.

If Amoussou does take it to the ground, he will have to know that Rickels works very well in the guard. Rickels has six submission victories and of those six, five are triangle chokes. Rickels might want Amoussou to bring this fight to the ground, just to get into that favorable guard position.

Like Amoussou though, Rickels does have good striking and is coming off a knockout victory over Jordan Smith. Rickels is one dangerous fighter for Amoussou.

In the end, I see Rickels securing the second-round knockout victory to proceed to the finals and secure a perfect 11-0 record.

Women’s FLW: Megumi Fujii (25-1) vs. Jessica Aguilar (13-4)

Fujii (R) applies an armbar (Taro Irei/Sherdog)

This fight puts together two top female fighters in the same cage. By top, I mean top 10, pound-for-pound. How many times do you get that in the male ranks?

Aguilar is a strong grappler but she will be pitting her purple belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills against a black belt in BJJ and judo.

Fujii is a tough fighter, and her only loss comes against current Bellator women’s champion Zoila Gurgel in the finals of the inaugural women’s tournament. With that being said, I can toss out the idea of a Japanese fighter coming over and fighting in a cage rather than a ring.

Fujii hasn’t fought in the United States since that loss to Gurgel, but since then she has racked up three victories in Japan. Last time out versus Karla Benitez, Fujii took the submission victory via armbar.

Aguilar is also on a winning streak since her loss to Gurgel in the same tournament, and has won four straight including two in Bellator.

I’ll take Fujii to get the unanimous decision victory.

HW: Ron Sparks (8-1) vs. Kevin Asplund (15-1)

Sparks (Keith Mills/Sherdog)

Sparks will be fighting for the first time since his loss to Eric Prindle last October. Of course, Prindle fights next week against Cole Konrad for the heavyweight title.

Sparks is a striker, and despite his knockout loss to Prindle, he is a tough guy to beat standing. Sparks owns six victories by knockout, and devastating knockouts too—the kind of knockout that makes you wonder if the guy getting knocked out suffered serious long-term damage.

Unlike Sparks, Asplund hasn’t lost a fight since his first pro bout. If you didn’t do the math, that’s 15 straight wins for Asplund, who got most of his wins by knockout and submission due to punches.

This will be Asplund’s first fight in Bellator, and Sparks will take the knockout victory over him.

Preliminary Card

HW: Mark Holata (11-3) vs. Abe Wagner (10-5)

Wagner has been in three fights against experienced opponents in his career—losses to Eric Prindle and Travis Browne and a win over Tim Sylvia—and also has knocked out six guys on his way to victory. Holata’s three losses have been by knockout. Look at that! We have a match! Wagner by knockout.

WW: Andrey Koreshkov (9-0) vs. Derrick Krantz (11-5)

Both fighters won their fights in Bellator in March, and both were finishes. Koreshkov knocked out his guy in a minute and a half; Krantz submitted his guy in just over three minutes. Tough one to pick, but I’ll take Koreshkov by knockout.

LW: E.J. Brooks (6-0) vs. Kalvin Hackney (11-2)

Brooks’ last three fights have come in Bellator, earning him a 3-0 record with two wins by decision. I like that Hackney is a finisher and has amassed 10 wins by either knockout or submission. I think Hackney will get another finish in this fight.

LHW: Josh Burns (6-5) vs. Richard Hale (18-4-1)

Hale is yet another finisher, and his last four fights have come in Bellator, where he has earned a 3-1 record. That one loss is to current Bellator light heavyweight champion Christian M’Pumbu. The big thing that stands out to me in this fight is Burns’ 1-5 record in his last six fights. Hale takes the win by TKO.

LW: Josh Quayhagen (3-0) vs. Cliff Wright (6-2)

Quayhagen started off his career in Bellator with a decision, and in his last fight with the promotion, he earned another decision victory. This will be Wright’s first time in Bellator after he earned six submission victories in various other promotions, only going to the judges’ scorecards once. Wright by submission.

FW: Booker Arthur (2-1) vs. Shanon Slack (3-0)

Slack is a really good wrestler—he is, after all, an Olympic alternate—and has earned two wins by knockout in smaller promotions. Booker earned his first career victory in the Bellator cage against Javone Duhon by submission due to elbows. Booker lost his last time out, and I can’t see Slack losing this fight. Slack by decision.

Top Photo: Maiquel Falcao (R) will look to capture the middleweight tournament (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)