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.


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: Coming up…

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