In a shocking upset to end a sensational fight, Michael Chandler submitted Eddie Alvarez with a fourth-round rear-naked choke, winning the Bellator Fighting Championships lightweight title.
Chandler was largely unknown when he entered this year's Bellator lightweight tournament, but everyone who follows MMA needs to know his name now. With the victory he improved to 9-0 in his pro career, and he looked amazing doing it. Chandler is for real.
The first 30 seconds of the fight were crazy, with Chandler leveling Alvarez and battering him so hard that referee Troy Waugh looked like he was about to step in and stop it. But Alvarez fought back, hit Chandler with a hard punch of his own that curtailed the barrage, and managed to regroup. For most of the rest of the first Alvarez was actually getting the better end of the striking exchanges, but in the final seconds of the first Chandler again knocked Alvarez down, and only the bell stopped Chandler from pouncing on Alvarez.
Michael Chandle def. Eddie Alvarez via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:06 Round 4
Non-Title Catchweight Feature Fight
Hector Lombard def. Trevor Prangley via knockout at 1:06 Round 2
Televised Feature Fight
Marlon Sandro def. Rafael Dias via submission (arm triangle choke) at 3:56 Round 1
Jessica Aguilar def. Lisa Ward-Ellis via unanimous decision
Local Feature Fights
Brett Cooper def. Jared Hess via unanimous decision
Valdir Araujo def. Ailton Barbosa via unanimous decision
Cosmo Alexander def. Avery McPhatter via knockout at 0:20 Round 1
Herbert Goodman def. Jonas Billstein via disqualification (illegal soccer kick) at 3:21 Round 2
Fabio Mello def. Farkhad Sharipov via unanimous decision
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