If you haven’t seen the 2011 tilt between lightweights Michael Chandler-Eddie Alvarez, stop reading this sentence and go find a video of the fight. It was one of the year’s best bouts and an instant classic. It will be hard for Chandler and Alvarez to repeat the feat when they clash in the headliner, but fans should still expect fireworks. Alvarez is well-rounded an extremely tough, while Chandler has improved in every effort and has already shown he can finish the former title-holder.
2013 has been an up-and-down year for Bellator, featuring highs like the company’s presence on Spike TV and lows including the fallout from Eddie Alvarez’s attempt to sign with the UFC. Initially set for PPV until headliner Tito Ortiz went down with injury, tomorrow night’s lineup for Bellator 106 is a perfect example of both sides of the coin. In addition to some pairings with favorable odds to entertain, the card has plenty of subplots worth paying attention to when things unfold Saturday in Long Beach. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)