Bellator staged one of the biggest events of their sixth season so far last night and it lived up to expectations.
In the main event former lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez claimed revenge over Japanese star Shinya Aoki in the first round after flooring him with an uppercut and then swarming him with a ground and pound assault that forced the referee to intervene with just 2.14mins gone, handing him the TKO victory.
Interestingly moments before the referee stepped in Aoki’s corner had actually thrown in the towel after seeing their man in such a precarious position against the hard-hitting Alvarez.
Earlier Andreas Spang and Macquiel Falcao had booked their place in the middleweight tournament final after wins over Brian Rogers and Vyacheslav Vasilevsky respectively.
There was then some in-the-cage drama as the two finalists were brought face-to-face and almost came to blows after Spang shoved Falcao, resulting in a few moments of chaos as officials, cornermen and commentator Jimmy Smith attempted to separate them.
Elsewhere the lightweight tournament final will feature Rick Hawn Vs Brent Weedman after they earned wins over LLoyd Woodward and Thaigo Michel.
See all the results from last night’s card below.
Eddie Alvarez def. Shinya Aoki via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:14
Middleweight semifinal: Andreas Spang def. Brian Rogers via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 3:34
Middleweight semifinal: Maiquel Falcao def. Vyacheslav Vasilevsky via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-29)
Lightweight semifinal: Rick Hawn def. Lloyd Woodard via KO (punch) – Round 2, 0:10
Lightweight semifinal: Brent Weedman def. Thiago Michel via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Jessica Eye def. Anita Rodriguez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
John Hawk def. Marcus Vanttinen via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Attila Vegh def. Dan Spohn via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Frank Carabello def. Donny Walker via knockout (flying knee) – Round 4, 2:25
Julian Lane def. Joe Heiland via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 2:49