Bellator 106 has stirred up a bit of controversy with some saying that the judges robbed Michael Chandler of his lightweight belt. The Bellator 106 had Eddie Alvarez pushing Michael Chandler to the edge, almost breaking him during their bout, according to the Bleacher Report on Nov. 3.
Alvarez put on a powerful show, rendering Chandler’s eye swollen shut, but he narrowly out struck the title holder with 115-111. Even with Chandler looking battered. did the Philadelphia native really do enough to take the belt from Chandler?
Two of the three judges thought that he did. Alvarez emerged the winner as he outpointed the former champ with 47-48, 48-47, 48-47 split decision. According to the Bleacher report, once they were done “reexamining the brutal back-and-forth fight critics could make a solid case that Chandler won three of five rounds."
Going just a bit further while making this case for Chandler winning three of the five rounds, if you put this in addition to Chandler drawing in the fifth, it looks like Chandler’s title should still be intact. This is the tune some of the critics are singing today.
Once the fight was over, breaking the rounds down and analyzing the stats pointed to Chandler winning the right to retain his belt. While the fight was controversial as far as the clear winner, Alvarez wasn’t about to bask in the glory or show any type of here’s a victory-in-your-face stand. Alvarez said:
"I'm going to take zero credit for what happened tonight. It takes two people to put on a fight like that. Not just me ... me and Mike Chandler. The guy fights his ass off [and] he has the heart of a lion. It takes two of us to do that, and we went in there and we put on a show [and] we put it on the line. Really at the end of the fight I didn't give a s*** who won that fight. It was just special to be a part of it and I'm happy to be a part of it."
It sounds as if Alvarez was more in awe with his opponent than he was with taking the title. Chandler now has a while to wait to get his revenge. Alvarez had to do it for two years.