The UFC may be offering up an event tonight with former champions adorning the main card but Bellator is back this week with a lineup featuring two of the promotion’s current title-holders including one with his gold on the line.
Coming to fans live from Hollywood, Florida, Bellator 58 was highlighted by lightweight ace Eddie Alvarez putting his gold up for grabs against undefeated tournament winner Michael Chandler. Also scheduled to scrap on the card, explosive 185-pound champ Hector Lombard took on seasoned veteran Trevor Prangley in a co-headlining clash.
Chandler and Alvarez turned in one of the year’s best fights after battling it out for the better part of four rounds including a number of instances where both men appeared to have the bout won. The undefeated Chandler dropped Alvarez twice in the opening round but saw momentum slip away in the following frames before catching his second wind, dropping his decorated adversary, and working his way into a Rear-Naked Choke to become the *NEW* Bellator Lightweight Champion.
Meanwhile, Lombard looked sharp against Prangley, damaging him early and sealing the deal early in the second stanza. The win brought his unbeaten streak to twenty-five in a row with twenty straight victories.
Read below for full Bellator 58 results:
Fabio Mello def. Farkhad Sharipov via Unanimous Decision
Herbert Goodman def. Jonas Billstein via DQ (Soccer Kick to Downed Opponent)
Cosmo Alexandre def. Avery McPhatter via Knockout Round 1 (Knees)
Valdir Araujo def. Ailton Barbosa via Unanimous Decision
Brett Cooper def. Jared Hess via Unanimous Decision
Marlon Sandro def. Rafael Dias via Submission Round 1 (Arm-Triangle Choke)
Jessica Aguilar def. Lisa Ellis-Ward via Unanimous Decision
Hector Lombard def. Trevor Prangley via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
Michael Chandler def. Eddie Alvarez via Submission Round 4 (Rear-Naked Choke)
PHOTO CREDIT – BELLATOR