Bellator 106: Alvarez Edges Chandler in Another Classic Battle
By FCF Staff
Fans hoping to see a replay of the instant classic Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler produced in 2011 weren’t disappointed tonight at Bellator 106, as the two engaged in another thrilling war.
The decorated wrestler Chandler landed several takedowns throughout the fight, and controlled more of the action on the ground, but when the action was on its feet Alvarez battered the champ’s face with strikes.
Heading into the fifth round Chandler appeared to be headed to a title defense, but Alvarez threatened the dynamic fighter with several choke attempts and landed numerous strikes from the top position.
After the highly competitive fight, two of the three judges ruled that Alvarez had done enough to end Chandler’s reign.
In the card’s other title fights, Daniel Straus grinded his way to a UD win over Pat Curran to take the featherweight title, and Emanuel Newton outscored “King Mo” Lawal with strikes to win the interim light-heavyweight belt (via unanimous decision).
Here are the official results for Bellator 106.
Eddie Alvarez def. Michael Chandler via split decision (48-47,47-48,48-47)
Light-Heavyweight Interim Championship
Emanuel Newton def. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal via unanimous decision (49-46,49-46,49-46)
Daniel Straus def. Pat Curran via unanimous decision (49-45,48-46,48-46)
Fight Master Finale
Joe Riggs def. Mike Bronzoullis via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,30-27)
Mike Richman def. Akop Stepanyan via TKO (strikes) R1, 4:05
Cristiano Souza def. Alejandro Garcia via submission (rear-naked choke) R3, 3:06
Brandon Halsey def. Hector Ramirez via TKO (strikes) R1, 0:52
Mike Guymon def. Aaron Miller via submission (triangle choke) R1, 4:20
Cleber Luciano def. Joe Camacho via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Josh Smith def. Darren Smith via unanimous decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)