Michael Chandler submits Eddie Alvarez to capture Bellator Lightweight Title (Recap & Full Fight Video)Posted on November 20, 2011, 12:00 PM by Joey Santosus
In what was undoubtedly one of the best fights of 2011, Season 4 Lightweight Tournament winner Michael Chandler and defending division Champion Eddie Alvarez battered and bruised one another well into the fourth-round of last night's Bellator 58 headlining bout.
Chandler, a heavy underdog headining into the fight, got things started in a hurry, rushing Alvarez at the opening bell, dropping the champ against the cage with a flurry of punches. Though nearly stopped, Alvarez managed to regain his footing and battle back, marking the beginning of an all out war.
After appearing to regain his wits, Alvarez found success landing combinations of his own. However just as it seemed he may have done enough to make up for his near defeat earlier in the round, Chandler once again found a home for his heavy right-hand, dropping Alvarez to the mat for a second time to close out the opening stanza.
Down, but not out, the defending champ answered the bell for the second-round, which would be a closely contested stand-up battle that saw each fighter land significant shots. Ultimately, a tight frame that could have went in either man's favor on the scorecards.
In the third, Chandler appeared to noticeably slow, as Alvarez remained one step ahead, stuffing the challengers takedowns and landing combinations to take his first clear cut round of the bout.
With Chandler now heading into the the Championship rounds for the first time in his professional career, Alvarez looked to continue what he'd started in the third, shucking off a takedown attempt and landing punches in bunches. It was then, however, that Chandler uncorked a set of big right-hands that found their mark, rocking Alvarez and allowing the Xtreme Couture product to find full-mount. In a desperate attempt to avoid the impending ground and pound, Alvarez turned over, allowing Chandler to secure a rear-naked choke and force the tap.
The newly crowned Bellator Lightweight Champion extends his undefeated streak to nine consecutive fights and will await the promotion's next tournament winner to make his first title defense. Alvarez, meanwhile, suffers just his third career loss, falling to 22-3 overall.