Eddie Alvarez loses title to Michael Chandler in FOTY candidate

by Michael David Smith | source: mmafighting.com

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.

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Fight description

Chandler started swinging from the first second of the fight, wobbling Alvarez against the fence in the first 30 seconds. Though Alvarez survived, Chandler took the first two rounds by landing combination after combination.

Alvarez recovered in the third round. He pinned Chandler against the fence with unanswered punches several times.

In the fourth round, Chandler took over. He knocked Alvarez to the ground, followed up with ground and pound, moved to full mount, then took Alvarez's back in a rear-naked choke. Alvarez tapped at 3:06 in the fourth.

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smoogy site profile image  

11/20/11 10:37 PM by smoogy

Obviously Hendo-Shogun is going to win any vote just based on volume, but I honestly thought Chandler-Alvarez was a little faster paced, a little more technical standing, and the heights of drama it reached in rounds 1, 3 and 4 was incredible. And this is coming from someone who joygasmed to Hendo-Shogun for 4 rounds as much as anybody. But Chandler-Alvarez was like Edgar-Maynard II on crack, with Edgar replaced by a Nick Diaz-like mauler and Maynard replaced with a Bendo-like dynamic all-rounder

ranier wolfcastle site profile image  

11/20/11 1:23 PM by ranier wolfcastle

 they were really going at it, not conservative at all. but when nobody cares if they get hit, they often end up rocked...

NorthFromHere site profile image  

11/20/11 12:34 PM by NorthFromHere

Both fights were absolutely superb but Hendo vs Shogun is the FOTY 2011, no doubt

Hobbs805 site profile image  

11/20/11 10:45 AM by Hobbs805

Good night of fights..!!!!! Even sorry ass Chavez jr.. Looked good

dj_pipes site profile image  

11/20/11 10:28 AM by dj_pipes

Hendo v shogun = Fight of the year

Nexuscrawlers site profile image  

11/20/11 10:27 AM by Nexuscrawlers


Fugazi site profile image  

11/20/11 10:22 AM by Fugazi

Last night was certainly "Fight Night Of The Year"....lol

comstock2491 site profile image  

11/19/11 11:48 PM by comstock2491


smoogy site profile image  

11/19/11 11:42 PM by smoogy

I don't even know how you would choose now... SO MUCH AWESOMENESSChandler vs. Alvarez was a higher pace, but Hendo vs. Shogun was so fucking gruelingBoth fights violated the geneva convention in grotesque ways

Body Shots site profile image  

11/19/11 11:35 PM by Body Shots