On November 2, 2013 Bellator MMA presented Bellator 106 in what was supposed to be their Pay per View debut. Instead, the promotion moved its bout to Spike TV for a free showcase and in the end they will have benefited more from that situation. Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez gave the fight community the bout that they wanted to see and the best part is that they are going to do it again down the line.
Back in 2011 Chandler versus Alvarez I was widely considered one of the best bouts of the year. Fast forward to the present and these two competitors top themselves as they once again fought for Bellator's lightweight title. This time, Alvarez was able to walk out of the cage with a victory via split decision.
For the first two rounds Chandler looked to be the improved fighter as he was able to control much of the position with his wrestler. Alvarez was aggressive using movement to hit and go while the defending champion looked to land a power shot.
Round three is where things began to get interesting as Alvarez looked to be the fresher of the two fighters. He was able to land more shots that round that damaged Chandler's eye while mixing in a few takedowns of his own. With momentum apparently shifting, Chandler took to round four to cement his place with a flying knee that landed flush on Alvarez's chin. Eddie was clearly wobbled at that point which allowed Chandler to get a dominant position on the mat and land violent ground and pound; opening up a large gash on Eddie's head.
The fifth round would belong to Alvarez as he was able to pressure Michael around the cage. He secured multiple attempts at a rear naked choke but was unable to get one locked in place. Instead he would transition from top and back control multiple times. When the round would end both fighters would congratulate each other as the crowd would scream on in adulation.
Two judges had this bout 48-47 for Alvarez while the third had it 48-47 for Chandler. Due to the clause in Eddie's contract he is obligated to compete against Chandler again in a bout that will not only determine his place as the organization's champion but his power as a free agent.
In the co-main event of the evening, Emanuel Newton captured the interim light heavyweight championship after earning his second victory over “King Mo” Lawal.
Lawal looked strong in the first round when he was able to score a takedown and gain dominant position, but that was his only opportunity to show his wrestling prowess. From that point on, Newton looked to be the better striker of the two and landed shots at will. His overhand right and varied kicks kept him well out in front of Muhammed in nearly every way.
While “King Mo” may have looked shocked at the outcome it was clear that Newton had done more than enough to take the title. Now he will face Attila Vegh to unify the titles at a later date.
Daniel Straus used a grinding style to defeat Pat Curran and become the new bantamweight champion.
During 25 minutes of action Straus was able to control much of this fight in multiple areas. On the feet he was able to negate Curran's countering abilities then whenever the champion would land multiple strikes he would switch back to his wrestling to get the bout where he wanted.
At one point, Curran would land an accidental knee to Daniel's head while he was a downed fighter and at that point it looked like the fight was going to be called. Straus was able to get back to his feet to continue but a point would be taken from Curran. A point that wouldn't really matter in the grand scheme of things because Straus had already done enough to take home the title.
The MMA community received a real treat that Bellator 106 was presented on free television instead of on Pay per View. With three new champions crowned this was a great opportunity for Bellator to flex some of the star power they have under their banner.
Full Fight Results
Eddie Alvarez defeats Michael Chandler via split decision.
Emanuel Newton defeats Muhammed Lawal via unanimous decision.
Daniel Straus defeats Pat Curran via unanimous decision.
Joe Riggs defeats Mike Bronzoulis via unanimous decision.
Mick Richman defeats Akop Stepanyan via TKO in round one.
Cristiano Souza defeats Alejandro Garcia via submission in round three.
Brandon Halsey defeats Hector Ramirez via TKO in round one.
Michael Guymon defeats Aaron Miller via submission in round two.
Cleber Luciano defeats Joe Camacho via unanimous decision.
Josh Smith defeats Darren Smith via unanimous decision.
Jesse Juarez defeats Joe Williams via submission in round one.