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Ohio hits Bellator brawler with $6000 fine

Bellator’s middleweight tournament survives Friday’s face-off brawl between Andreas Spang and Maquiel Falcao:

Ohio Athletic Commission Executive Director Bernie Profato today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Spang has been fined 20 percent of his $30,000 fight purse ($6,000) for instigating a post-fight scuffle at Bellator 66 with .

Spang also shoved opponent Brian Rogers at Bellator 66’s weigh-ins.

Jeez, Sir Shoves-A-Lot. Mummy not give you enough hugs as a child? Do you pinch and bite too?

Profato said he initially planned to suspend Spang six months because of the shoves. However, after an unofficial appeal from Bellator officials and Spang, who would have been forced to scratch from the tournament finale, Profato gave the fighter the option to choose a 20 percent fine or the suspension.

I didn’t know commissions could play out Let’s Make a Deal with fighters and promotions. Good thing for Bellator, the last thing they need is more tournaments falling apart. Well, maybe one or two more so they consider taking their tournament-or-die approach down a notch. Shockingly, Maquiel Falcao’s muay thai response to the shove was declared self-defense and he walks away from the scrum without any commission punishment. I bet Nick Diaz wished the Nashville brawl happened in Ohio…

  • agentsmith

    I’m just surprised that guy made $30K… a lot more than he’d make in the bottom end of the UFC.

  • TheBrowneyeBuddy

    “WHAT’S YOUR MAJOR MALFUNCTION NUMBNUTTS?!!!”

  • Reverend Clint

    paid way to much

  • Giallo

    that wasn’t even a brawl, lol at the nancys in ohio

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    The guy who threw a knee in “defense” of being shoved outta someone’s personal space gets nothing?

    Stay classy Ohio.

  • Jeremy

    Should have fined Falcao as well. Imagine if both had been suspended?

  • Blackula Jonez

    Unsanctioned savagery may be the norm where you guys live.
    But here in Ohio we have things like RULES & CONSEQUENCES like civilized human beings.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    That’s why you let the guy off who threw a knee ?  Naw – he’s Brazilian and you guys didn’t wanna look racist in case any Brazilian chicks were watching.

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