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

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