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Bellator 106: Chandler Vs. Alvarez II Fight Results, Play-By-Play

Bellator 106: Chandler Vs. Alvarez II Fight Results, Play-By-Play

Welcome to our live coverage of Bellator 106: Chandler vs. Alvarez II’s main card.

Tonight’s action comes to us from the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California, with the main card airing live on Spike TV.

Now, on to the action! Remember to keep hitting F5 on your keyboard for the latest results.

During the online prelims, Cristiano Souza, Brandon Halsey, Mike Guymon, Cleber Luciano and Josh Smith all picked up victories.

MAIN CARD

Mike Richman vs. Akop Stepanyan

Our lone non-title, non-tournament final fight kicks off the main card, as Mike Richman (15-3) meets Akop Stepanyan (13-6) in the featherweight division. The two have a combined 13 knockout finishes in their careers. The referee in charge will be Herb Dean.

Round 1: Richman out quickly, taking the center of the cage. Stepanyan showing some quick hands, snapping off a left and following it up with a spinning back fist that grazes the face. Stepanyan snaps off another left, and follows up with a right that connects. Richman appears to be a little flat-footed here in the early going. Nice 1-2 combo from the Russian gets through. Some wild strikes by Stepanyan, as Richman is more precise, taking his time and looking for an opening. A good exchange of jabs in the middle of the cage, as this has been an all-stand up affair through three-plus minutes. A third spinning attack by Stepanyan is blocked. Richman catches him with a left to the chin and follows up with a right, but Stepanyan remains standing. Straight right from Stepanyan hurts Richman, who is backing up and eats another shot. Left from Richman drops Stepanyan straight to the canvas and he follows up with a double hammerfist, forcing the referee to step in. This one is all over folks, despite Stepanyan protesting the stoppage, he appeared out. The back of Stepanyan’s head snapped off the mat, which will always force the ref to call it.

Mike Richman def. Akop Stepanyan via KO (strikes) at 4:05 of Round 1

Joe Riggs vs. Mike Bronzoulis for Fight Master Tournament title

After a delay due to injury, we will finally crown the first-ever Fight Master champion, as Joe Riggs (39-14) takes on Mike Bronzoulis (15-5-1). Riggs, who has won his last five, suffered an eye injury that delayed the encounter. The referee will be John McCarthy.

Both fighters earned four victories while on Fight Master to reach this point.

Round 1: Bronzoulis going right after the lead leg, peppering it with some stiff kicks. More kicks from Bronzoulis, as Riggs is loading up, looking for a big finish. Riggs lands a left that sends Bronzoulis back and he is continuing to push the tempo. Just like that, a kick to the lead leg nearly sweeps Riggs off his feet; his leg is already starting to show bruising and discoloration. Nice head kick and Bronzoulis follows up with a knee inside the clinch. However, Riggs catches him yet again, nearly flooring him with a stiff right. Big takedown from Riggs, who lands a nice elbow from close range. Riggs takes the back, locks in a hook and attempts to secure a rear-naked choke. A minute remains for Riggs to figure this out and lock it up. He’s unable to clinch it in and finishes the round in control.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Riggs

Round 2: Riggs right back to where we finished the first off, taking Bronzoulis down and working for a possible submission. Cut around the left eye of Riggs, who complained of a possible headbutt or poke to the eye. Bronzoulis breaks the hold and is working some nice stand-up, peppering Riggs with rights and lefts. Riggs with another takedown and he is working for the submission yet again, as blood covers his left eye nearly completely. Both hooks are in, but Riggs looks a little tired and Bronzoulis gets to his feet. However, before he can get free, Riggs brings him back down. Bronzoulis turns the page and is now inside the guard, working some nice ground-and-pound.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Riggs

Round 3: Bronzoulis looking to push the action here, landing a nice kick to the body. But here comes Riggs, firing off some quick knees to the body. Riggs proceeds to pick Bronzoulis up and power slam him to the canvas with a double-leg takedown. Joe Warren, a standout wrestler himself, is on commentary and promises more of those Friday when he fights. Riggs, like he has done in both previous rounds, locks in the hooks and is controlling the action. Bronzoulis stands up with Riggs still on his back, trying to shake him off as we go under a minute.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Riggs

Joe Riggs def. Mike Bronzoulis via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) to become Fight Master champion

Pat Curran (c) vs. Daniel Straus for featherweight title

Several years ago, Pat Curran successfully finished Daniel Straus in the second round. The Bellator featherweight champion attempts to do the same again over four years later. Curran (19-4) has won six straight, while Straus (21-4) is on a five-fight win streak. Jason Herzog serves as the third man inside the cage.

Straus has been on the sidelines since late in 2012 due to a broken hand and run-in with the law this past March. Since that loss to Curran, he has won 17 of 18 fights.

Round 1: Curran snapping off some excellent head kicks, possibly setting something up. You have to wonder if Curran wants to make a statement on such a big night, and getting booted from the co-main for an interim title fight? Straus with a takedown, but so far he’s unable to do much and Curran gets to his feet with ease. Nice left from Straus lands. Nasty kick to the body by Straus, followed by a left. So far, though the first couple of minutes, Straus has stuck to his normal fight pattern of starting fast, as has Curran, who is a relatively slow starter. Straus pushing the pace, scores with a takedown off an ankle pick.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Straus

Round 2: Curran the aggressor to start this round, likely words from his corner to get going. Curran lands a left, right and attempts a flying knee. The two strikes hurt Straus, who covers and backs up. Straus gets in close and Curran makes him pay, connecting on a left. For a title fight, the crowd is relatively quiet for these two. Maybe they are saving themselves for the co- and main events. Good exchange and Straus follows up with the Thai clinch and a nice knee-body shot combo. Curran’s been more effective with his strikes and put more combos together, but Straus has controlled the tempo of this fight so far. Interesting to score, that is for sure.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Curran

Round 3: Flying knee from Straus, but he wasn’t able to get much behind it. He does follow up with a nice body kick, which appears to do more damage. Straus shoots for a takedown and is using a lot of energy to try and secure it to no avail. Each goes for a toss takedown, and Curran throws a knee that connects to the head of Straus. It might have ended the fight, but Straus still had a knee on the ground, making it illegal. Straus looks almost out, and Curran reacts as if he knows he messed up. Even the answer gives a brief expletive to the move. Straus is walking around, looking like he is ready to continue. The ring-side doctor checked him out and Curran has been deducted a point. Curran offers his apology, and Straus kind of just waves him off. Straus with a takedown with over a minute left, and he could really secure a big round with the point deduction. Straus in side control and looking to do some damage.

FightLine scores the round 9-9

Round 4: The corner of Straus was very adamant that he won that round convincingly. Right off the bat, Straus ties Curran up and has him against the fence, looking to secure another takedown, which he does. Another takedown, this time with a little more power behind it, from Straus. Still, not much excitement from these two to get the arena behind them. Straus is in complete control, but Curran pulls guard and is working for a guillotine choke. Straus, though, slips his head out and free with just over a minute remaining in the round. Big cut on the forehead of Curran, who has been getting dominated. I gave him a round, but it was a close round – this one wasn’t.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Straus

Round 5: Curran just looks slower and weaker than Straus at this point, and he’s down on most scorecards. Straus is all over Curran, attacking and looking for the finish. Impressive showing here by Straus, who has to feel he is way ahead but is still searching for the stoppage win. Halfway through the final round and it’s all Straus, who is making Curran carry his weight. Curran reverses, but is unable to do anything. Nice flurry by Curran, but Straus answers with a takedown and ends the fight on top.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Straus

Daniel Straus def. Pat Curran via unanimous decision (49-45, 48-46, 48-46) to become the new Bellator featherweight champion

Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs. Emanuel Newton for interim light heavyweight title

Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (11-2) will be looking to add another crown to his resume when he faces Emanuel Newton (21-7-1) for the vacant interim Bellator light heavyweight title. Newton stunned the MMA world when he knocked Lawal out earlier this year, but the ex-Strikeforce champion returned, winning the recent Summer Series tourney. The veteran Herb Dean serves as the referee in charge.

Round 1: No touch of glove. In fact, the ref didn’t even ask them to. Lawal comes right out and takes the center of the cage. Newton using some nice kicks to keep Lawal from getting in close, neutralizing his wrestling. There goes Lawal with a takedown attempt less than a minute in, and he gets it after switching to a double-leg. Lawal looks completely focused, as he ripped into backstage interviewer Frank Shamrock before the fight. Newton to his feet and eats several lefts for his effort. Lawal throws him head-first into the fence as he tries to escape his grip before getting dropped back down. Lawal peppering Newton with big right hands, but is unable to keep hold of him. Spinning back fist by Newton – which knocked Lawal out – and he gets slammed to the ground for his efforts. Lawal saw that one coming and had no trouble avoiding it. Into the guard with 90 seconds left.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lawal

Round 2: Big left from Lawal connects and stops Newton in his tracks. Before that, Newton was doing a much better job of mixing up his strikes and being effective. The “King Mo” side of Lawal is coming out more, as he is dropping his hands. Lawal, though, goes back to his wrestling and nets another takedown, moving right into side control. Newton catches Lawal with a kick and he is wobbly. Lawal still trying to recover and Newton is coming after him. The tide has definitely changed in this one. Newton has confidence and lands a big right. Lawal glances at the clock to see over a minute remaining. Overhand right from Newton grazes the head.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lawal

Round 3: Lawal going after the body, landing lefts and rights with much resistance. Newton continuing to try and connect with that highlight-reel spinning attack, but Lawal has been able to see most of them with plenty of time to defend. Newton’s face is starting to look worse for wear from Lawal’s striking. Nice back kick to the thigh lands by Newton. Newton finds new ways to throw his spinning attacks, as they come off strikes and counters from random spots. Very creative offense from the big man. Lawal goes for a takedown and Newton tries to secure a guillotine. He isn’t able to get the submission, but he does use it to keep his balance and avoid being taken down.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lawal

Round 4: Lawal’s corner did their best to try and pump his spirits back up, as he sounded down and tired. Newton throws a couple low kicks and Lawal answers with a nasty right hand. However, he’s unable to follow up with anything else. Lawal stuffed on a takedown attempt, and another, by Newton. Lawal is unable to counter the spinning attacks, but he does finally score with a takedown as we go under two minutes. Very lackluster round so far, so these final moments could swing it to one fighter or the other. Newton landing more strikes, even though they don’t appear to be fight-stopping ones, they will help him win the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Newton

Round 5: Newton controlling the tempo. While I have Lawal winning the fight, the Bellator announcer has Newton easily up. Interesting fight so far. Lawal goes for a takedown, but can’t get it; great defense by Newton. Lawal unable to really do much with the takedown, and while he scores another, again he gets denied. Newton gets some love from his home arena and we head to the scorecards.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Newton

Emanuel Newton def. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) to become the interim Bellator light heavyweight champion

Michael Chandler (c) vs. Eddie Alvarez for lightweight title

It’s time for the main event, and another rematch to boot, as Michael Chandler (12-0) takes on former champion Eddie Alvarez (24-3). Chandler, the reigning Bellator lightweight champion, defeated Alvarez back in 2011 via fourth round submission. The veteran John McCarthy serves as the referee in charge.

Since that meeting, Chandler has finished his last three opponents, including two in the first round – and both in under a minute. Alvarez, meanwhile, hasn’t fought since last year due to legal issues with his contract.

Round 1: As pumped as I am for this fight, and others have been, the Long Beach Arena sounds like a funeral service. Not a lot of noise coming from the crowd at all. Some wild strikes to start, as both maybe have a little extra nervous energy. Alvarez looking for a single-leg takedown, but gets denied by the more polished wrestler. Stiff left jab from Alvarez connects, as does a right, and Chandler has some swelling and bruising starting on his face. Chandler loads up with a right and misses. Chandler is trying for the knockout punch, winding way back and throwing with all his might. Alvarez is having no trouble blocking or just simply moving out of the way. Just like that, Chandler counters with an uppercut that connects – the best punch of the round. Alvarez with his own uppercut, followed by a quick left jab. Chandler catches a kick attempt and scores a takedown with under 40 seconds left. Chandler working quickly for a submission, tightening a rear-naked choke but Alvarez gets high and gets out.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Alvarez

Round 2: Chandler has found his rhythm, firing off shots that are landing at will now. He also seems to have a pep in his step and is connecting with combos. Alvarez answers with a left jab to the chin. Alvarez has busted open the face of Chandler with some quick, precise shots; Chandler, meanwhile, is loading up with his strikes. Nice sprawl to avoid the takedown by Alvarez, who will be tested if this goes the distance for his endurance, as he is constantly moving away. Double-leg takedown by Chandler, who does it again after Alvarez gets to his feet. Chandler is trying to better his position, but Alvarez just sits and waits for the opportunity to stand and escape. Under a minute to go in the round and the left eye of Chandler is swelling and bleeding constantly. One more takedown by the champion, though, to secure the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Chandler

Round 3: Alvarez counters a kick with a big right hand. Nice sprawl by Alvarez to fend off the takedown attempt, as he locks the head and lands some shots to the body. Now, it’s Chandler on his bicycle moving around the outside of the cage. Chandler is missing wildly with his shots, and gets denied on another takedown attempt. That exceptional gas tank of the champ could be getting drained. Alvarez is working to damage the eye of Chandler, who looks gassed with just under two minutes to go in the round. Alvarez kicking the legs out from under him, and grinding on him, even throwing a spinning back fist. Chandler’s nose looks to be broke and his left eye is badly damage. Still, he lands a takedown as we go under a minute and locks in a hook. He’s working for the rear-naked choke, but can’t go any further with it. Chandler finishes on top, but isn’t able to do much damage while in the top position.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Alvarez

Round 4: The doctors talked to Chandler before the start of the round, and he said he was good to go, so we are a go for the championship rounds. Chandler comes out a little bit more fast-paced, moving better and firing off his strikes with more effectiveness. Alvarez, though, is applying the pressure. Chandler connects and it stuns Alvarez, who is now forced to go into defense mode. Chandler drags him to the ground with a headlock and spins to his back, but Alvarez gets his guard up. Chandler tagging Alvarez on the canvas, blooding his face up and connecting with some sharp elbows. Well over two minutes left and Chandler senses the finish. Deep breathing by Alvarez and Chandler traps one of his arms behind his body. Huge lefts and rights from the champion, and another elbow. Chandler teeing off and Alvarez fights back from the bottom as we go under a minute.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Chandler

Round 5: The corner of the challenger told him he needs a finish, and Alvarez is responding to that. Wild strikes by Alvarez now, and Chandler counters with ease. He has Alvarez on the ropes, scores a takedown and quickly takes the back. Chandler cranks for a rear-naked choke attempt with over three minutes left. He has both hooks in and is cranking on the chin now. Alvarez squirms his way out and takes the back of Chandler instead. Chandler ducks under and rolls, but Alvarez denies him. We go under three minutes and these two are bloody, bruised and beaten, but not giving anything. Alvarez defends a takedown and stops short of possibly landing an illegal knee as Chandler drops to the canvas. Alvarez unloading with uppercuts, and drops down as Chandler tries to roll under. Alvarez locks in his hooks and is going for a rear-naked choke, but Chandler rolls to his back. Alvarez turns him back for another submission attempt but the two are too sweaty and bloody. Chandler fighting to defend the choke, but is eating lefts to the face. Finally, the crowd speaks up as we go under a minute. Chandler reverses and is back on top of Alvarez. What an incredible round. Maybe not better than the first meeting, but this round could be the best of the nine. Chandler with a takedown to end it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Alvarez

Eddie Alvarez def. Michael Chandler via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47) to become the new Bellator lightweight champion

84 COMMENTS
  • Richard Stabone says:

    Here we go…

    A company that consistently delivers entertaining fights, with a stacked card, anchored by a main event that any fight fan is both excited about and unable to predict with any degree of certainty.

    Enough bitching & moaning about contracts or Tito or anything else… fight time!

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  • darth_irritable says:

    That first one was sloppy, but fun. Early stoppage though.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    Ugh. That Riggs fight was ugly. if Bronzoulis learns some TDD, he’d be decent.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    What was that Bjorn? #2 Featherweight you say?

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    No excuses but seemed like the illegal knee literally took the air out of Curran’s balloon. A mental shift, or something.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Maybe not the best use of ‘literally’ since there weren’t any colorful balloons tied to the cage.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    I hope Newton pulls it off again but King Mo is indeed the superior fighter. Mo is his own biggest weakness.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    If Mo doesn’t get anything in this round, he’ll gas by #3.

    On Curran, usually the illegal knee deflates the guy receiving it, not the guy giving it.

    This is shaping up like a mid tier UFC PPV right now. Bring it Eddie!

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  • darth_irritable says:

    You are right though. Curran wasn’t the same after that.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    Is that Roy Nelson in Mo’s corner?

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Well if nothing else, Newton is turning Mo into Guida.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    Aaaaand Mo’s gassing. That kick didn’t help but still…

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    …minus the gas tank

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  • darth_irritable says:

    And the speed. Guida doesn’t stop. Mo knda coasts into the station on fumes.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    If Newton could execute a takedown, Mo’s gassed enough that I think Dan Hardy could get one.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Heh. Beware the dan hardy spear.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Ok , Mo looks like shit. KO or bust.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    Holy shit. This is an embarassment for Mo. They keep asking why he’s not trying for takedowns.

    Because he’s so gassed, Britney could defend it.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    But to be fair, have to start to ask how good is newton…

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  • darth_irritable says:

    “Newton’s effective striking so far trumps Mo’s effective grappling.”

    What grappling are YOU watching boys? Do you have a replay of Lesnar/Carwin on loop?

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Roy-itis rubbing off on Mo

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  • darth_irritable says:

    Well Newton’s pretty average, but Mo is a train wreck tonight.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    That spinning shit Newton is throwing is so slow it makes E.Honda look like Chun Li.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    Newton looks like he’s doing a Body Attack cardio class when he jubbles his man-boobs across the cage like that.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    Bjorn’s gott abe kicking himself for Mo’s price tag right now.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Mo ain’t all that… but beating Mo twice is no small feat. Newton is no joke. As goes with the non-UFC guys, would really like to see him face the bottom half of top 10 to see if he can sink/swim.

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  • RicM says:

    If this interm title match is an indication of the talent pool at LHW, the roster must be a bit thin……..

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  • RicM says:

    ….And Mo looks surprised?!?!? LMAO……..

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  • darth_irritable says:

    I know right?

    Ol’ Bjorn didn’t look impressed.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Haha newton is so pumped, love it. But GD, main event needs to save this thing…

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  • darth_irritable says:

    Yeah, I think Bader’s about his upper limit, but I’d like to see him get a shot. I had to explain to my Father in law how this works, and the bellator/UFC dynamic

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  • darth_irritable says:

    Strauss/curran was a wrestlefuck. so yeah.

    Bring it Eddie. King Mo getting pwned lubed Bjorn up, and stretched his sphincter. Time to own Chandler, and deliver the money shot!

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  • darth_irritable says:

    With no hair, Eddie looks like Riff Raff from Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Ok, but a couple yard ago people explained the we’ve/UFC dynamic as. “The best wec guy is a fringe UFC contender”… And since then the wec has owned the ufc’s deepest division. Maybe bellator is different but… I’d like to see it to believe it.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    I just really want Eddie to win this.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Well auto correct fluffed that last comment

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  • darth_irritable says:

    I dunno Rich. Let me introduce Mr Hector Lombard. And you really think Curran would match up to Aldo after tonight?

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  • darth_irritable says:

    No sign of ring rust. Eddie’s prolly the best Blackzilian ever.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    I know I WANT to see it, but Eddie’s looking golden so far

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Eddie looking damn good. But as competitive as this is how could there not be a rubber match? (assuming Eddie pulls it out)

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  • darth_irritable says:

    If Eddie wins he’s contracted for a rematch, then he’s free. If he loses, he’s out.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    Fuck the announcers, this is the first round I give Chandler

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Wow. Domination.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    Chandler looks like he just got home from a date with Chris Brown.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    that round was brutal, but I still have it 3-1 for Eddie.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Chandler is a beast.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    4-1 Eddie. but I could see 3-2 Eddie.

    If Chandler gets this, Eddie got Bjiornraped.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    That decision was so right it couldn’t be righter.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Not sure I agree with the decision but I like it. Can’t wait for the rubber match.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    I thought Chandler 3-2 but it was so close and such a great showing by both guys, Eddie looked awesome after a year off.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    Chandler got 2 max. Just look at them side by side.

    If Eddie did this off 18 months ring rust, the rubber is going to violate Chandler like the first year of a life sentence.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    I think we can all agree though. Bjorn’s gotta be PISSED.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Chandler won his rounds more dominantly from my view, but it was a close, close fight. Given how everything went down I’m glad Eddie got the nod. But Eddie finished him the first time around and the second was a narrow split decision… so yeah, rubber match is inevitable. Can’t wait.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    And why would Bjorn be pissed about another amazing fight between those two?

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    ^ so yeah, brain fart above where I said Eddie finished the first fight where it was Chandler that rocked & choked out Eddie

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  • darth_irritable says:

    True, but by 10 point must, it’s Eddies. And I’d argue, cumulatively, Chandler took more damage.

    Bjorn’ll be pissed because of the long view. Eddie’s on a two fight contract. This one, plus the rubber if he won. Bjorn punted on Chandler big time. So if Chandler loses the rubber, Bellator’s top fighter is irrevocably the also ran, especially if Eddie loses in the UFC (and he will to Pettis).

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    That was a roller coaster fight. From my view it was Chandler early, then Eddie started to impose his will & take over, but then Chandler roared back and seemed to *win* the fight. But that was from my partially distracted, partially drunk POV. I would be surprised to see a UFC champ lose his belt in that fashion, but that’s not necessarily a good thing anyway.

    So yeah, the rubber match has to happen. Chandler certainly didn’t embarrass himself and I’d probably pick him the 3rd time around given how the first two played out. But it should be another great fight. That would make for 3 epic fights under the Bellator banner, and if anyone is looking beyond that to try to say Bjorn is a bad business man… well, I disagree.

    But yeah, the WEC guy Pettis dominates all UFC & Bellator guys for the next couple years.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    We may/do have differing opinions on Bjorn, but I thumbs upped the partially drunk comment.

    Pettis is a freak show, but tell me you see any Bellator dudes dominating UFC champs?

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Ehhh…probably not.

    But then again, who saw the WEC coming in and taking a righteous shit on the UFC LW division?

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    And if you’re Bjorn, by the time Eddie is done dealing with Chanlder for a 3rd time he’ll be on the wrong side of 30 and there’s a pretty decent chance Chandler beats him anyway. No reason to over commit to that type of iffy scenario.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Didn’t get to watch the fight, but why does this not have a play by play of the Alvarez fight?

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  • darth_irritable says:

    Rich, that makes it worse. If an over-the-hill Alvarez can own Bjorn’s best lightweight, what does that say about Bellator?

    He should have cut his losses and let Eddie go to the UFC. Then if Eddie lost, he could have said “Yeah – we beat him too.”.

    Now he’s a douche AND his best lightweight is an also-ran.

    On the fight – watch it without the commentary. They really pulled a Rogan, in trying to influence the fights one way or the other, I felt.

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  • SBERG says:

    If Eddie wins the 3rd fight that will potentially make 3 Bellator belt holders who left the company during their reign to go fight for UFC. First being Lombard, Possibly Askren and More than likely Eddie. Bjorn doesn’t want that. Nothing makes your company look more like a second tier stepping stone org than what’s happening to Bellator right now.
    Honestly I thought the card sucked aside from the last fight and I’m supposed to believe that it was a PPV worthy card? Oh I forgot having Tito and Rampage would have made it PPV worthy……Ummmm No.
    I know this is going out on a limb but I believe Bjorn tanked the Tito fight purposely to save his own ass from being embarrassed by losing his ass on the PPV.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Over-the-hill Alvarez? Dude is 29 years old and due to the legal issues has only fought twice in the last couple years. I’d guess he’s got a fair amount of high level mileage left in him.

    As for the fight outcome, some MMA media outlets scored it in favor of Chandler, some were split, some had it for Eddie. Similarly mixed opinions from other pro fighters. Bottom line is that was a freaking awesome fight that was extremely close. I can’t wait for the rubber match.

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  • SBERG says:

    No Richard, he was commenting on your “wrong side of 30″ remark. He just threw a bit of sarcasm on it is all.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Ah, gotcha. Then yeah, Eddie seems to be right in the prime of his career as he approaches age 30 in a couple months. The third fight with Chandler is perfectly set up, and will likely give Bellator its opportunity to test the PPV waters. And yet some feel that Bellator somehow mishandled the Alvarez situation? I don’t buy it.

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  • SBERG says:

    I disagree…The Eddie situation was completely mis-handled and if they do attempt a PPV it will flop bad….This one fight alone will not sell a PPV. There’s no real PPV level talent to support this fight….I mean look what we just had. That was supposed to be Bellator’s “Best card ever” and as I stated above it sucked except for the last fight.
    The only other good thing about this card was the fact that they DIDN’T have the Tito – Rampage fight. I can’t imagine how awful that would have been to have that fight follow Eddie and Chandler.
    I stand by what I said above, Bjorn tanked the Tito fight on purpose. He saw how bad the PPV was drawing and knew it would benifit him more to just pull the plug and put it on live tv. In a way it’s a quick fix to turn a negative to a positive. People who weren’t gonna buy it now will at least watch it on free tv ( well cable but you know what I mean) and the network and sponsers get their viewers. I’m sure it was alot more than that was gonna buy it.

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  • SBERG says:

    Another thing that puzzles me is after all the crap that went on with Eddie for over a year Bellator only signs him to a 2 fight deal or I should say a deal that allows him to go free after a second fight? I mean if he beats chandler again which is highly likely he can just walk with the belt?
    WHY THE HELL DID THEY GO THROUGH ALL THIS CRAP IN THE FIRST PLACE???????????
    JUST LET THE GUY WALK!!!!!!!!!
    I mean if the deal locked Eddie in for like 6 fights then I see all the legal crap having some meaning. But 2 fights and a chance of him walking with your Org’s belt?????
    DAFUQ??????

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  • darth_irritable says:

    SBerg, I really think that was an attempt to screw Eddie. Bjorn really thought Chandler would win, and devalue Eddie’s market value. There’s no other rational reason. He gambled and lost.

    Given he basically tried to careerfuck Alvarez, this train wreck couldn’t have happened to a more deserving guy.I mean did you see his face after Eddie got his arm raised?

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  • Screenplaya says:

    Seems to me that Rebney covered his bases. He wanted Alvarez to fight, to add legitimacy to the PPV, but added the second fight extension option to improve his chances that Alvarez would leave Bellator on a loss. Not a bad plan, IMHO.

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  • SBERG says:

    @ Screenplaya…..
    I disagree….Bjorn covered nothing. He went through a years worth of crap with his “biggest name fighter” and after all is said and done he only keeps him for 2 fights….I’m sure he wanted Eddie to lose thinking in some way that it would tarnish his name going to the UFC.
    Now…if Eddie would have lost to chandler do you really think after the kind of fight that was put on that it would really tarnish his name or credibility in the eyes of fans like you or myself? I don’t. If and I say if Eddie would have lost he would still carry the same clout he does now…..People like fighters who bring it.
    So….Knowing this as we do, I don’t see where Bjorn covered himself. His biggest problem is his unwillingness to believe that his Org is nothing more than a second tier feeding system for the UFC. All fighters come from somewhere….Yes UFC does try to grow it’s own talent and so they should but a a vast majority come from somewhere else and some have found success while others flop….it’s part of the cycle. Look at the influx of talent to the lighter ranks as part of the WEC merger, most worked out great but not all. Same with the strikeforce merger.
    Ufc want’s the best talent and the only way to do that is to pick and pluck the best from all over and get them in the Oct together and see what happens….It’s kind of like a draft to an extent.
    The last point is your reference to the “PPV”………What PPV do you speak of???? Last I saw it got cancelled. Ohhhh you mean the PPV that was never really gonna happen in the first place and was just put there as a negotiating ploy to screw Eddie into staying put……. Lol…

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Saturday night’s main event delivered another FOTY candidate that had the MMA community buzzing, while simultaneously setting up a brilliant rematch that will cap the Alvarez/Chandler trilogy.

    Bellator is really screwing this up.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    But exactly 50% of the participants will be left in Bellator at the end, and right now there’s a good chance it will be the loser 50%. Remember, Eddie fought with over a years ring rust on Saturday.

    Instead Bjorn could have had bragging rights that his champ beat the next UFC champ, or at the very least a top contender.

    Bjorn made a short term play that has a great chance of emphasizing Bellator as an also ran. Just like pinning his PPV hopes on captain cranium and the whiny bitch.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    And if Bjorn had let Eddie walk, to protect bragging rights or whatever, what if Eddie had lost his Octagon debut? Those bragging rights suddenly mean squat. Either way, no amount of bragging rights could be nearly as valuable to Bellator as the FOTY-worthy action like we saw Saturday, which now sets up what is guaranteed to be a very buzz-worthy 3rd matchup. And even if nothing else pans out in Bellator’s favor, that’s their *worst* case scenario.

    And what if Chandler is able to avenge the split decision defeat? Then what will the narrative be for Bjorn mishandling things?

    Eddie had a long layoff but unlike most guys in that type of scenario he wasn’t dealing with injury/rehab, which is the real bump in the road that forces inactivity & can bring about rust. Just like the 2nd fight, I view the rubber match as a coin flip, in what figures to be another highly entertaining fight.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    Sorry dude. I just think Bjorn screwed himself. We may just have to disagree here. Bottom line, an entertaining rubber match, while great for the viewer, does not offset the damage Bjorn has done to his own company.

    1. He’s got a PR nightmare with the way he treated Eddie over the last year.
    2. If Eddie went to UFC and lost, Bjorn still had Chandler, and can say “my guy beat him too, so you can’t tell me we’re not the same class as UFC.”.
    3. Now he’s got a compromised champion. If Eddie goes to UFC and loses, Chandler, who’s at best going to get 2 of 3 looks very middle of the pack. Previously he could say “unbeaten… oh and beat Eddie”.
    4. If Eddie beats him again, Chandler looks weak, and Bellator is #2 again – this time definitively.
    5. Yeah, Bjorn popped a couple of short term good fights, but at the price of slamming his long term goals for proving they’re equal players to UFC.
    6. They popped a mighty 5,000 attendance, and I’m betting the final numbers for Spike won’t be great. Even if they’re decent, any viewer recording missed the end of the fight. Hell of a return there Bjorn ol’ buddy.
    7. As soon as the has-beens dropped out, they flipped this to free TV. The message of course being that they have no confidence that their own top fighter could carry a PPV.

    I’m just really struggling to see any way this can’t be viewed as anything but a long term clusterfuck.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    Of course if Eddie had lost, then Bjorn’s bet would have paid off, and he’d look much smarter, albeit vindictive. Nevertheless, he’s got to start playing Chess, not checkers in this game.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    We’ll lucky fjor Bjorn, at least the ratings were good. Unfortunately, the fights during the peak were lousy:(

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    MMA fans were treated to another FOTY clash, the event pulled in record-setting ratings for Bellator, and the buzz for the 3rd fight will be that much louder.

    Other than that, Bellator is running itself right into the ground. I mean, Tito!!

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  • darth_irritable says:

    Sorry Richard. Going to have to disagree. You’re still looking at the short term, not the strategic play. This isn’t Kimbo slice, but it’s not exactly Bjorn’s finest moment..

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    What was the strategic play again? Simply letting Eddie walk? Am I being trolled here?

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    The one interesting angle to all this… the only thing really open for debate, from my POV… is whether Bellator would have actually been better off if Chandler had gotten the split decision nod rather than Eddie.

    Chandler would have maintained his unblemished record/image, but it would have meant Bellator missing out on a 3rd fight. A 3rd fight that will have the MMA community again buzzing… an event that on the heels of Saturday’s record-setting ratings will give Bellator leverage to drive up advertising revenue and/or test the PPV waters, showcase other fighters, etc…

    So yeah, that part is a little trickier. As for the rest, I think the bias some of you have against Bjorn/Bellator is clouding your thinking, but I’ll stop with my rambling and give darth or SBERG or AO or anybody else the last word(s) on the topic.

    And then we can look forward to the 3rd fight and argue about the resulting implications all over again in 2014 :)

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  • darth_irritable says:

    The strategic play, once the backlash kicked in, would have been let Eddie walk. In the long run, it’s a no-lose, because he lets a guy go do what he wants, who already lost to their best.

    Yeah, he’s got Alvarez now, for two fights, and fucked his ability to claim Chandler as the best in the world, spent a shitload on useless stars (‘Page, Tito, Mo etc), and given the public the message clearly delivered that his best guys can’t carry a PPV.

    And when Eddie walks, after trashing his own brand equity, he has nothing, because everyone knows they don’t have anyone else who can put on a fight like that.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    If you want a laugh, do a google image search for “Bjorn Rebney Net Worth” and look at the first photo.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    *last word(s)*

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