With Bellator’s Season Six winding down, we find ourselves with tournament finals, semi-finals, and a slew of tournament eliminators at Fridays Bellator 69. In the Middleweight bracket was have our finalists, Maiquel Falcao and Andreas Spang, who will then go on to face Alexander Schlemenko for the Bellator Title. On the Welterweight end of things, we have the last semi-final between David Rickels and Karl Amoussou, whom will then face Bryan Baker for the tournament championship.
Maiquel Falcao vs. Andreas Spang: While they got the fight started following their respective wins several weeks ago with a post-fight brawl, they’ll actually face each other in a sanctioned bout at Bellator 69. The come-from-behind KO of Brian Rogers by Spang surprised a lot of people, but his win showed the true value of counter-punching power vs. heavy hands. Falcao is no push-over in the talent department though and has proven he’s one of the best offensive fighters in the sport. The real issue with Falcao is his complete lack of fight smarts and inability to fight outside of his own manic bursts of energy. This could play out as a brutal fight, but count on Falcao to put together enough offense to stun and drop Spang for a clear-cut decision win.
David Rickels vs. Karl Amoussou: One of those guys who will kill or be killed in a matter of seconds, David Rickels walked through his Bellator debut and right into the semi-finals. His opponent is a rugged test though, as hard-punching judoka Karl Amoussou has a complete game that should see him take Rickels apart in a hurry. While I’d generally say Rickels is around 50/50 against anyone in Bellator, Amoussou’s judo background is one of the best tools to stop an ultra-offensive fighter. Look for a quick end to this as Rickels charges forward right into a trip takedown and volley of KO punches from Amoussou on his way to the Welterweight finals.
Megumi Fujii vs. Jessica Aguilar: Two grappling talents will face off in one of the only female bouts of the season, as Japanese sensation Megumi Fujii faces ATT stand-out Jessica Aguilar. This is an example of two one-dimensional fighters that makes for a less-than-exciting bout. No matter how you slice it, the well-versed Fujii has far too much talent on the mat for Aguilar to deal with, and will find herself put through the wringer on the way to a decision loss.
Ron Sparks vs. Kevin Asplund: While the last Bellator Heavyweight Tournament went over like a lead balloon, Bellator is hoping for better luck in their next series. In an eliminator bout, Ron Sparks will face debuting Midwestern HW Kevin Asplund in what should be a quick and gruesome bout. Asplund is a small HW, but brings huge power and naturally heavy hands to the cage, which can be a great equalizer. Sparks is no stranger to heavy hands though and with a true HW frame, could be the first to put Asplund away in a long time. Don’t blink with these two guys, as this is over in the first minute.