Michael Chandler becomes Bellator lightweight champion after epic encounter with Eddie Alvarez

Though the world may be talking this morning about the classic between Mauricio Rua and Dan Henderson last night at UFC 139, another fight for the ages unfolded hours before either light heavyweight stepped into the Octagon in the form of Michael Chandler’s title-winning performance against “Top 3” lightweight Eddie Alvarez.

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Chandler and Alvarez went at it for the better part of four rounds with both men appearing to be on the cusp of defeat with Alvarez getting rocked early, then coming back in the second and third rounds to put Chandler on his heels entering what would be the fight’s final frame. However, after digging deep, the undefeated grappler hurt Alvarez with a combination, then shot in to take him down and advance position. After Alvarez turned over in an attempt to escape the ensuing mount, Chandler secured the Rear-Naked Choke to maintain his unbeaten record (9-0) and walked away as the Bellator’s new 155-pound champion.

“Chandler vs. Alvarez was quite simply the best mixed martial arts fight I have ever seen,” said Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney of the match-up. “After having watched over 1000 fights since the early 1990’s, I’ve never seen a better back and forth battle. Chandler’s win over Alvarez is a win over a fighter who I believed was the best lightweight in the world, while at the same time is a testament to what Bellator is all about.”

Now, in as fan-friendly a move as MMA enthusiasts could hope for, Bellator has made the complete fight available for viewing online. Check it out below (full results under the video
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Here is a complete rundown of Bellator 58 results:

Fabio Mello def. Farkhad Sharipov via Unanimous Decision
Herbert Goodman def. Jonas Billstein via DQ (Soccer Kick to Downed Opponent)
Cosmo Alexandre def. Avery McPhatter via Knockout Round 1 (Knees)
Valdir Araujo def. Ailton Barbosa via Unanimous Decision
Brett Cooper def. Jared Hess via Unanimous Decision
Marlon Sandro def. Rafael Dias via Submission Round 1 (Arm-Triangle Choke)
Jessica Aguilar def. Lisa Ellis-Ward via Unanimous Decision
Hector Lombard def. Trevor Prangley via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
Michael Chandler def. Eddie Alvarez via Submission Round 4 (Rear-Naked Choke)

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