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Bellator 106: Michael Chandler Vs. Eddie Alvarez

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

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