Alvarez Reclaims Bellator Lightweight Crown: Straus, Newton Take Home Titles
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
When fighting is business, blood becomes currency, and Bellator MMA lightweight Eddie Alvarez paid in full at Saturday night's Bellator 106, punching, kicking, and choking his way past Michael Chandler to reclaim the title he lost nearly two years ago.
Entering the cage on the heels of a yearlong layoff and a bitter legal battle with the promotion, Alvarez made his return in outstanding fashion, landing strikes with pinpoint accuracy and precision, repeatedly battering the face of his opponent to earn the split decision win, 48-47, 48-47, 47-48.
"It takes two people to put on a fight like that. Mike Chandler ... has the heart of a lion," commented Alvarez. "We went in there and put it on the line. It was just special to be a part of it."
While Alvarez took home the 155-strap on the strength of his crisp boxing, quick footwork, and timely submission attempts, he was unable to escape unscathed, as former champ Chandler did his share of damage, drawing blood, and repeatedly landin...
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