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Bellator 58 Results

Lightweight Title: Michael Chandler d. (c) Eddie Alvarez (Submission – Round 4, 3:06)

At the end of this fight, I was confident that we had seen the fight of the year.  Granted, that feeling only lasted a few hours, but this was still an absolutely spectacular fight.

I was wonderfully surprised by Michael Chandler, who came out firing right out of the gates.  He was nearly able to finish Alvarez in the very first round, but the champ survived and started to take control as the fight went on.  By the time the third round came, I was convinced that Chandler had completely run out of steam.

Then the fourth round came and Chandler turned it up once again, assaulting and downing Alvarez who quickly gave up his back.  Chandler sunk in the rear naked choke and pulled off the surprising victory to become Bellator’s new Lightweight Champion.

This was an absolutely outstanding fight and Michael Chandler proved that he’s a force to be reckoned with at lightweight.  Beating Eddie Alvarez is a fantastic first step for this young champion, but he’ll have to keep this up against the rest of fighters that Bellator has to offer.  Kurt Pellegrino looks like an eventual challenger, but that’s looking pretty far down the line.

Catchweight (195 lbs.): Hector Lombard d. Trevor Prangley (TKO – Round 2, 1:06)

No real surprise in this one.  Prangley stood in the center of the cage and allowed Hector Lombard to beat the crap out of him for nearly ten minutes.  Lombard will move on to battle Alexander Shlemenko once again, while I’m sure Shark Fights would love to welcome Prangley back to the fold.

Featherweight: Marlon Sandro d. Rafael Dias (Submission – Round 1, 3:56)

Sandro looked to be in trouble early as Dias rocked him with some big punches.  Sandro recovered and managed to submit Dias with an arm triangle choke.  Dias’ defense of the submission was pretty embarrassing since Sandro was able to apply the hold from a standing position and then easily brought it to the mat.

Women’s Featherweight: Jessica Aguilar d. Lisa Ellis-Ward (Unanimous Decision)

Aguilar and Ellis-Ward beat the hell out of each other last night, but it was Aguilar who was clearly in control.  These two put on a pretty exciting fight and Aguilar called out Megumi Fujii, who she said was the number one fighter at 115 pounds.  Perhaps she was forgetting about Zoila Frausto-Gurgel, Bellator’s current champion of the division, though her claim to the title is slightly tenuous.

Middleweight: Brett Cooper d. Jared Hess (Unanimous Decision)

Middleweight: Herbert Goodman d. Jonas Billstein (Disqualification – Round 2, 3:21)

Welterweight: Valdir Araujo d. Ailton Barbosa (Unanimous Decision)

Bantamweight: Fabio Mello d. Farkhad Sharipov(Unanimous Decision)

Lightweight: Cosmo Alexandre d. Avery McPhatter (KO – Round 1, 0:20)

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