Bellator 69: Main Card Predictions
Bellator 69 marks the beginning of the end of Season 6 of Bellator, coming to you live on MTV 2, bellator.com and spike.com tonight. The card is headlined by the middleweight tournament final, which will determine who will fight for the middleweight title against Alexander Schlemenko.
For the tournament final, we see Sweden's Andreas Spang meet up with Brazilian Maiquel Falcao. Preceding this fight was a fight in the cage that ensured their semifinal matches, when the two squared off and chaos erupted.
Also on the card is on of the welterweight semifinals between David Rickels and Karl Amoussou, a heavyweight tournament qualifier between Kevin Apslund and Ron Sparks, as well as a women's bout between Megumi Fujii and Jessica Aguilar.
Here is a look at the main card.
Kevin Apslund vs. Ron Sparks
Kicking of the main card is a heavyweight tournament qualifier as tournament veteran Ron Sparks meets Kevin Apslund.
Ron Sparks is a knockout machine due to his big power and brute strength. At 8-1, six of his wins have come by knockout. He holds notable wins over Jonathan Ivey, Gregory Maynard and Mark Holata. He made it to Season 5's heavyweight tournament semifinals, where he was knocked out by eventual tournament champion Eric Prindle.
Meanwhile, Kevin Apslund has more fighting experience than Sparks, but is making his Bellator debut. At 15-1, Apslund has shown a more well-rounded game, as he has knocked out five opponents and submitted six. His best chance of winning is probably to drag Sparks to the ground, but he will have to get inside to do so.
Prediction: Ron Sparks def. Kevin Apslund via knockout
Megumi Fujii vs. Jessica Aguilar
In the next bout, 125-pound women Megumi Fujii and Jessica Aguilar are set to do battle in an interesting battle of the females.
Megumi Fujii is one of the best women's fighters in the world, holding a 25-1 record professionally. Her only loss came to current Bellator women's champ Zoila Gurgel in a razor-thin split-decision loss. Fujii is a submission whiz, earning taps in 19 of her wins.
A good submission artist in her own right, Jessica Aguilar comes into this fight with a 13-4 record. She has also dropped a split decision to Zoila Gurgel in the same tournament where Fujii lost to Gurgel in the finals. Aguilar is a solid grappler but does not want to mess with Fujii on the ground.
Prediction: Megumi Fujii def. Jessica Aguilar via submission
Karl Amoussou vs. David Rickels
In the co-main event, Frenchmen Karl Amoussou meets American David Rickels to determine who makes it to the finals of the welterweight tournament.
Karl Amoussou is 14-4, finishing 12 of his wins by knockout or submission. Although Amoussou has crazy power in his hands, he also is well versed in submissions. In the first round of the tournament, Amoussou submitted Chris Lozano with a rear-naked choke.
David Rickels owns a perfect 10-0 record, which has seen him finish eight opponents by knockout or tapout. Rickels took the Bellator cage by storm in the first round by knocking out Jordan Smith in 22 seconds. His submission of choice is the triangle choke, so if Amoussou takes him down, he will be able to defend himself.
Prediction: Karl Amoussou def. David Rickels via decision
Maiquel Falcao vs. Andreas Spang
In the main event of the evening, Maiquel Falcao and Andreas Spang fight for the middleweight tournament championship and settle what a pre-fight scrap started.
Maiquel Falcao is a longtime fight veteran, owning a 30-4 (1 NC) record to date. He is a knockout machine, putting 23 opponents away with his hands, knees and feet. So far in the tournament, he has beat Norman Paraisy and Vyacheslav Vasilevsky on points. Hopefully, this weight cut has not drained him too badly.
Andreas Spang was a replacement in this tournament, replacing Bruno Santos in the semifinals. The 8-1 Swede has finished six fights by knockout or submission, including his only tournament appearance thus far. After sustaining a rough early-going against Brian Rogers, Spang came back and dramatically knocked him out in the second round.
Prediction: Maiquel Falcao def. Andreas Spang via knockout