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Bellator 58: The Evening’s “Other” War

(Video: Youtube/BellatorMMA)

The UFC may be the brand name of MMA, but it doesn’t have exclusive rights to action packed bouts. While the UFC 139 pay-per-view was just getting warmed up, the evening’s “other” war and ‘fight of the year’ candidate was breaking out on MTV 2. If you didn’t catch it, I suggest you watch it in full up above.

Season 4 Lightweight Tournament winner Michael Chandler was all over Eddie Alvarez from the opening bell, driving forward and swinging for the fences. Within the first fifteen seconds he had dropped the champion twice and was only moments away from snatching the belt, but once again Alvarez proved difficult to put away. Chandler’s pressure wilted halfway through the second frame, allowing Alvarez to steal the round with a series of effective combinations. By round three Chandler’s fatigue was visible and the champ pounced, battering him across the cage. Though tired and hurt, Chandler continued to look for the big shot that would take Alvarez out. Answering the bell in the fourth, Chandler looked renewed and eager to throw. His hands found their mark, wobbling Alvarez before a big right hand dropped him. Chandler followed him down and mounted him, locking in the rear naked choke as Alvarez turned his back.

In the evening’s co-main event, Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard took on Trevor Prangley at 195 lbs. If Bellator titleholders must fight in non-title fights, we’re far happier seeing it take place at a catchweight than simply fighting within their division without putting the belt on the line. That being said, regardless of the weight class, a dominant champion like Hector Lombard deserves a bigger challenge than a fighter with one lone victory in his past five outings.

(Lombard’s coup de grâce, courtesy of Youtube/BellatorMMA)

Trevor Prangley‘s only real output in the bout came in the form of a double-leg that saved him from an onslaught of punches that had him in deep trouble early in the first round. That takedown bought him time to time to compose himself and survive the remainder of the round, but the South African wrestling champion had only delayed Lombard from doing what he does best—lighting fools up. Round two opened with a few casual exchanges before the the two traded blows in earnest. Lombard connected with a huge right to the jaw that had Prangley doing the fish dance. Again Prangley sought refuge in the form of a takedown, but “Lightning” stuffed the desperation shot and went to work with brutal ground and pound. Lombard was hesitant to deliver unnecessary blows, but continued the abuse until the ref called a halt to the bout just one minute, six seconds into the second round.

(Dias-Sandro, via Zombie Prophet)

Rafael Dias showed a healthy respect for the striking game of Marlon Sandro and kept far out of range at the opening of the bout. That respect didn’t prevent him from dropping Sandro when the two exchanged in a flurry of punches. Sandro recovered quickly with a takedown and maintained control of the bout on the ground. Dias scrambled back to his feet only to find himself caught in a standing arm triangle. Sandro drug him to the canvas and completed the submission, finishing the fight by tapout in 3:56 of the first round.

(Aguilar-Ward, via Zombie Prophet. Use the link for part II)

If you read our interview with Jessica Aguilar, you knew she was ready to scrap. Despite suffering a broken nose in the opening frame, Aguilar’s standup was too much for Lisa Ellis-Ward. Her overhand rights found their target throughout the three round bout. Ward slipped off a missed flying knee in round two which left her open to multiple knees from the clinch and some heavy shots on the ground. Aguilar continued to get the better of the exchanges in round three, but Ward turned it on at the close of the fight with aggressive stand-up and a kimura attempt. Aguilar pulled out of the hold and maintainted control through the close of the fight, taking the bout by unanimous decision.

Full results (via FightoftheNight.com)

Main Card:

Michael Chandler def. Eddie Alvarez via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:06 of Round 4
Hector Lombard def. Trevor Prangley by knockout at 1:06 of Round 2
Jessica Aguilar def. Lisa Ward-Ellis by unanimous decision
Marlon Sandro def. Rafael Dias by Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) at 3:56 of Round 1

Prelims:

Brett Cooper def. Jared Hess by unanimous decision
Valdir Araujo def. Ailton Barbosa by unanimous decision
Cosmo Alexander def. Avery McPhatter by KO at 0:20 of Round 1
Herbert Goodman def. Jonas Billstein by Disqualification (Illegal Soccer Kick) at 3:21 of Round 2
Fabio Mello def. Farkhad Sharipov by unanimous decision

 

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peacexxl- November 21, 2011 at 6:08 am
How many times during that fight did the commentator declare Alvarez to be "the greatest lightweight in ALL OF MMA"?
Me likey- November 21, 2011 at 5:28 am
@BryanF
i dont know if he gave up but he definatley made no attempt to defend. tapped fast too. that may be because of chandlers strength or because he was badly hurt
KarmaAteMyCat- November 21, 2011 at 4:13 am
i think he truly might be that guy that could hang with Silva besides Chael and that would be a fucking battle.
RwilsonR- November 20, 2011 at 11:10 pm
I remember years ago, before Bellator existed, Lombard was supposed to make his UFC debut against Karo Parisyan, but had to back out due to some visa issue. Interesting to think how his career might have gone if that had happened.
EnemyofReality- November 20, 2011 at 9:23 pm
Yeah, Lombard needs a step up in skilled challengers. He's a star and ready for the big time.
Get Off Me- November 20, 2011 at 8:53 pm
" Is Chandler just that damn good?"
@Houstons db
Yes and that's the last time he'll be a +225 in an mma fight. Chandler lives well and has the Dominick Cruz mentality towards mma as his profession/legacy. He's a stud wrestler with a chin who's striking is getting better on the daily.
@Karma
I'm thinking Shlemenko might take the rematch with Lombard as an underdog. First fight went the full five. Lombard does belong in the UFC though.
Houstons db- November 20, 2011 at 8:36 pm
Man I just started getting around to thinking Alvarez was the real deal and he had to go off and lose... Is Chandler just that damn good? I mean he got a little gassed but I'm sure fighting Alvarez can be pretty dang tiring. Real talk, Lombard needs anybody better than what Bellator has to offer. Obviously the UFC does but is Dana interested? I'm not aware. Also, does anyone know what Lombard's contract is????? If anyone knows or has input please take your pecker outta your hand and let a homie know.
RwilsonR- November 20, 2011 at 8:24 pm
@ Karma - yes, Alvarez did lose the belt. And I think there are quite a few people besides Silva who could take Lombard... they just aren't in Bellator.
skeletor- November 20, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Fuck Lombard v Silva. I wanna see Lombard v Belfort in a back of the head punching contest.
BryanF- November 20, 2011 at 6:11 pm
Do you guys think Alvarez "quit" in that fight? Don't get me wrong, I respect all fighters, but I'm just wondering if Alvarez gave up his back (with no intention of bucking or escaping) so he could get choked out rather than tap out to to strikes. Either way, guy still deserves mad props for a crazy fight.
KarmaAteMyCat- November 20, 2011 at 5:43 pm
Two things, Did Eddie lose the belt? Was that a title fight? and 2, if you aren't Anderson Silva you shouldn't fight Hector Lombard he will knock you the fuck out.
RwilsonR- November 20, 2011 at 3:55 pm
Also, Fedor won, if anybody cared. Story even made the AP wire, since I guess the crowd booed Putin as he came to congratulate Fedor. Brave crowd.
skeletor- November 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm
I wonder how this fits into his plan of ducking legitimately good competition
Omelette Platter- November 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm
that alvarez/chandler fight looks like my cartoonish fantasy of how every single fight ever should look. was there some spectacular planetary alignment last night?

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