Last night, at Bellator 106, Eddie Alvarez re-captured the 155 lb Bellator Lightweight title from Michael Chandler, the man who had taken the belt from him. The two men battled it out in a blood and guts performance that eclipsed their first meeting for drama and tension. In the end, the judges were split 2 to 1 in favor of Alvarez, giving him the ‘revenge’ win over Chandler. Look for the trilogy to be completed at some point, as clearly the two fighters’ rivalry are a formula for great matches that Bellator will likely look to repeat again as soon as possible.
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Chandler was bigger, but Alvarez seemed quicker as he used a lot of lateral movement to move in an out and stay out of Chandler’s range. Later, Chandler was able to get the takedown, and he worked to Alvarez’ back to threaten, but Alvarez showed good defenses.
In the third, Alvarez and Chandler boxed off, with Alvarez landing the better punches, especially an active jab that broke Chandler’s face up. He also worked the body well and Chandler once again appeared a step slow in the stand up department.
Round 4 was all Chandler, as he got the takedown about 90 seconds in and he pressured Alvarez from top position for the remainder of the round. He attacked with choke attempts and a lot of punches that saw Alvarez start to swell and bleed as well.
Alvarez came out and returned the favor, working to get to a good position on the ground and assaulting Chandler with punches that saw his face start to get misshapen. To his credit, Chandler kept fighting until the end, but the damage done to his face by Alvarez.
After the fight, both men would go to the hospital for precautionary reasons, and Chandler will need a long layoff to heal his face up, but look for this rematch to happen again as early as possible in 2014.