An in-cage altercation between the Bellator season six middleweight tournament finalists at Bellator 66 last week has resulted in the Ohio State Athletic Commission levying disciplinary action against one of the fighters.
Maiquel Falcao and Andreas Spang made it through the field of middleweight tournament competitors to secure a match up against one another in the finals. At last Friday’s Bellator 66 event, where both men advanced in the tourney, the two were brought into the cage for a face off. Falcao’s mean mug prompted the shove-happy Spang to push the Brazilian, leading to a mini-altercation in the cage.
Speaking with MMAJunkie, OSAC executive director Bernie Profato revealed that Spang has been fined twenty percent of his fight purse for instigating the altercation. Having taken home $30,000 ($15,000 to show up and another $15,000 to win) that night for his win over Brian Rogers, Spang was fined a total of $6,000.
Profato intended to suspend Spang for up to six months, but Bellator officials asked for a different course of action since it would prevent Spang from competing against Falcao in the finals. Falcao received no punishment, as it was deemed he was only acting in self defense.
Bellator 66 went down at the I-X Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Spang and Falcao have not been assigned a date yet for their middleweight tournament final.