In his second title defense lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez faced undefeated tournament winner Michael Chandler. The two produced a fight of the year candidate at Bellator 58. Check out the full fight of this instant classic and tune in for the season 5 finale Nov. 26 at 9/8c on MTV2.
With two champions headlining a stacked card, Bellator 58 from Hollywood, Florida had all of the makings for an incredible night and it lived up to its billing on Nov. 19. In what will go down as one of the best fights in Bellator history, Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez engaged in an instant classic and fight of the year candidate. Chandler nearly finished the fight early but Alvarez fought back to even things up in the second and third rounds. Ultimately, Chandler regained control in the fourth and submitted Alvarez to capture the lightweight title. Middleweight champion Hector Lombard continued to stake his claim as one of the most feared middleweights in MMA today, as he KOed Trevor Prangley in the second round of their catchweight affair. In a women’s fight, local Jessica Aguilar bested Lisa Ellis in an exciting three-round fight. Featherweight Marlon Sandro returned to his winning ways with a first-round arm triangle submission over Rafael Dias. On the prelims, muay Thai fighter turned mixed martial artist Cosmo Alexandre scored a vicious 20-second knockout. Catch the best moments from this historic night right here.
Bellator headed to the Great White North for Bellator 57 from Rama, Ontario on Nov. 12. Douglas Lima landed yet another vicious right hand and knocked Ben Saunders out in the welterweight tournament final. Lima will fight reigning welterweight champion Ben Askren in 2012. In the middleweight tournament final, Alexander Shlemenko put on a three-round striking clinic against the resilient Vitor Vianna. After winning a three-round decision, Shlemenko will rematch middleweight champion Hector Lombard next season. Alexandre Bezerra continued to impress in the cage, as the featherweight survived an early onslaught and submitted Doug Evans with a nasty heel hook in the first round. The prelims saw lightweight Josh Shockley grab a guillotine choke early on in the fight and get the tap just 35 seconds into the fight. Catch the highlights from Casino Rama right here.
Team pranks reach a new high as Bisping and Tiki execute their master plan against Team Miller. Akiras antics earn him a handful of new enemies. A spot in the Featherweight finale is at stake when Akira faces Dennis in the first Semifinal.
Bellator 56 from Kansas City, Kansas on Oct. 29 saw undefeated welterweight champion Ben Askren win a close decision in a back and forth five-round fight over MMA veteran and Season 4 tournament winner Jay Hieron. The Season 5 heavyweight semi-finals were one of the fastest tournament rounds in Bellator history, with both ending in less than a minute. Thiago Santos kept his streak of first-round submissions alive, knocking down Neil Grove early on and finishing him with a rear-naked choke. In a battle of two strikers, Eric Prindle dispatched of previously-unbeaten Ron Sparks in 40 seconds with a left hook that put Sparks out. Featherweight Jeremy Spoon kept his perfect record intact and used his superior stand up to outpoint Adam Schindler. Catch the best of best from Memorial Hall right here.