Last night, Bellator continued their Lightweight and Middleweight tournament with four semi final matches at their event coming to us from Ohio. All four of the fights were action packed and compelling, and though some of the favorites advanced, there were a few upsets. In the main event, former Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez returned after only the third loss in his career with a resounding win over Shinya Aoki.
In the Lightweight tournament, Rick Hawn continued to impress as he got the big KO win over a game Lloyd Woodard, who got dropped in the opening seconds of round 2. Hawn will face tough Brent Weedman in the finals, as Weedman gutted out a Split Decision victory over Thiago Mitchell. Hawn will go into the final as the favorite when the lines come out, but Weedman is a game veteran who has a shot if he can make this an ugly MMA grind.
The Middleweights made for another excting pair of fights, as Sasha Vasilevsky battled Maiquel Falcao in a war that many thought the Russian fighter should have won. Instead, it would be Falcao that advances. In the other semi final, tournament favorite Brian Rogers came out swinging and taking it to late replacement Andreas Spang, only to see Spang finish with one punch in the second round. Spang and Falcao is an unexpected final, and both men almost brawled in the in-ring hype session at the show! I like the gameness we saw in Spang, and I think he will be favored for that bout.
As for Alvarez, things should get interesting. He certainly has earned a rematch with Michael Chandler for the Lightheavyweight title, but how many fights are left on his contract? And are their bigger things on the horizon for Alvarez? Like a UFC contract, or possibly a showdown with Gilbert Melendez?
In his defense, Bjorn Rebney, the Bellator head honcho, is considering allowing 185 lb champion Hector Lombard to move on, and Alvarez may be even more complicated to keep. This might be the last we have seen of Alvarez in Bellator.
Check out the highlights from Bellator’s 66th event below: