Bellator lightweight Eddie Alvarez made a statement last night in his much-anticipated rematch with Japanese submission-specialist Shinya Aoki by putting the polished grappler away early with some brutal ground-and-pound. The finish came a little over two minutes into their headlining fight at Bellator 66, improving Alvarez’s overall record to 23-3 and snapping a seven-fight winning streak for Aoki.
After the fight Alvarez made it clear he is ready to get paid, asking Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney to “show” him “the money”. Alvarez only has four months remaining on his current contract and is expected to test free agency by year’s end.
In other Bellator 66 action, Brent Weedman and Rick Hawn both moved on to the Season 6 Lightweight Tournament final with impressive performance, while Maiquel Falcao and Andreas Spang accomplished the same albeit in the middleweight field. Things got particularly heated between the 185-pound finalists during an in-ring face-off where Spang shoved Falcao, prompting the Brazilian to rush him and even throw a knee to his midsection before the two sides were pulled apart.
Here is a highlights video from Bellator 66 followed by complete results below:
Jessica Eye def. Anita Rodriguez via Unanimous Decision
Julian Lane def. Joe Heiland via Submission Round 1 (Guillotine Choke)
Donny Walkerdef. Frank Caraballo via Knockout Round 3 (Flying Knee)
Attila Vegh def. Dan Spohn via Split Decision
John Hawk def. Marcus Vanttinen via Split Decision
Brent Weedman def. Thiago Michel via Split Decision
Rick Hawn def. Lloyd Woodard via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
Maiquel Falcao def. Vyacheslav Vasilevsky via Unanimous Decision
Andreas Spang def. Brian Rogers via Knockout Round 2 (Strikes)
Eddie Alvarez def. Shinya Aoki via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)