Bellator’s second-to-last event of season six took place on Friday, May 18. The event, Bellator 69, took place from the L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort in Lake Charles, La. Headlining the card was the middleweight tournament final between Maiquel Falcao and Andres Spang. Also on the card was a welterweight tournament semifinal bout between Karl Amoussou and David Rickels. The main card aired live on MTV2 and Epix HD, while the night’s undercard action streamed live on Spike.com.

Falcao too much for Spang

Brazilian Maiquel Falcao used his grappling, not his wild striking to defeat Andreas Spang and claim the season-six middleweight tournament crown. The win not only earned him a $100,000 prize, but a shot at the vacant title against Alexander Shlemenko.

The first round was bizarre as Spang rocked Falcao in the opening minute, but the UFC veteran recovered and suplexed Spang to the ground. As Falcao attacked from Spang’s back along the fence, he connected with an illegal knee that forced the referee to deduct a point.

In the final two rounds, Falcao used his grappling and strength advantage to neutralize Spang’s boxing. Spang looked for a guillotine choke multiple times, but Falcao escaped easily on each occasion.

Despite the point deduction, Falcao took the decision on every judge’s scorecard.

Amoussou sneaks by Rickels

Karl Amoussou punched his ticket to the welterweight tournament final against Bryan Baker by sliding by David Rickels with split decision win.

In the opening frame, there was a bizarre moment as the strap on Amoussou’s cup was broken just seconds into the bout. Once the equipment issue was resolved, the Frenchman attacked recklessly against Rickels. The judo stylist put Rickels on his back on multiple occasions and used his ground and pound to secure the round.

The second stanza was much more even as Rickels matched Amoussou’s output on the feet. Amoussou appeared to be hurt near the end of the round, but again used his judo to take the fight to the ground. Rickels looked for an armbar late in round, but Amoussou slammed his way out of it.

Rickels poured it on in the third round. Amoussou looked for a heel hook early in the frame but Rickels escaped into top position. Once there, Rickels maintained the position and rained strikes until the final bell.

When it was over, two of the three judges gave the Frenchman the nod and place in the final. Amoussou praised Rickels in his post-fight speech.

Aguilar tops Fujii

In a battle of the top two 115-pound female fighters on the planet, Jessica Aguilar took a unanimous decision win over Megumi Fujii.

Through the first two rounds, Aguilar used counterstriking to land bigger shots against her Japanese opponent. Fujii was the more active fighter, mixing in a variety of kicks, but Aguilar’s strikes found their mark more frequently. Near the end of the first frame, Aguilar was forced to escape an armbar attempt from Fujii.

The final round was all Fujii. The fighter took the fight to the ground and forced Aguilar to defend off her back.

Despite the late push, it was Aguilar who took the decision on the judges’ scorecards.

Holata submits Wagner

Heavyweight Mark Holata punched his ticket to the promotion’s season-seven tournament by submitting former Ultimate Fighter cast member Abe Wagner.

Holata scored with an early takedown, but Wagner prevented much offense by locking up his guard. Near the midpoint of the round, Holata sat back for an ankle lock. Wagner countered, but it was Holata that forced Wagner to shout “tap” and put an end to the bout.

FULL RESULTS

Maiquel Falcao def. Andreas Spang by unanimous decision (29-27 x3)
Karl Amoussou def. David Rickels by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Jessica Aguilar def. Megumi Fujii by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Mark Holata def. Abe Wagner by submission (ankle lock). Round 1, 2:24
Josh Quayhagen def. Cliff Wright by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Shanon Slack def Booker Arthur by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Andrey Koreshkov def. Derrick Krantz by TKO (strikes). Round 3, 0:51
Richard Hale def. Josh Burns by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 0:38
E.J. Brooks def. Kalvin Hackney by unanimous decision
Photo: Maiquel Falcao (blue shirt) captured the middleweight tournament (Bellator Fighting Championships)