Well, this is pretty awkward. Bellator MMA for months now have been promoting the first ever Bellator MMA Pay-Per-View. The first ever Bellator PPV had two former UFC Light Heavyweight Champions (each currently on a 3-fight losing streak) Tito Ortiz and Quntion “Rampage” Jackson facing off in the main event. In what quite a few people believe SHOULD have been the main event, Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler was taking on the recently re-signed former Bellator Lightweight Champ, Eddie Alvarez. Recently it has come to light that Tito Ortiz fractured his neck during training, and had to pull off the fight card 8 days before the event. That was a crushing blow to the Bellator Pay-Per-View, and turned out to be enough for Bellator to change their minds altogether. Bellator MMA 106 is now free on Spike TV, and the rematch between Chandler and Alvarez has been named the new main event.
Alvarez won the Bellator Lightweight Championship in 2009, and held that belt for over two years. Michael Chandler was an up and coming force in the Bellator Lightweight division after winning the Season 4 Lightweight Tournament for Bellator. Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler was quite possibly the 2011 Fight of the Year. Both men showed incredible heart and determination in their first fight, and it made for an extremely exciting fight. Chandler pulled off a fairly big upset and submitted Alvarez in the 4th round. Since then Chandler has gone 3-0 defeating the likes of Akihiro Gono, Rick Hawn, and David Rickels. Alvarez has gone 2-0, defeating both Top 10 Lightweight Shinya Aoki, and the dangerous Patricky “Pitbull” Freire via TKO/Knockout in the first round.
Due to former UFC Light Heavyweight Tito Ortiz’s neck injury, Rampage Jackson has been taken off the fight card, and the highly anticipated rematch between Alvarez and Chandler has been bumped up to the main event. Unfortunately that has forced Bellator to make the event a FREE event, airing on Spike TV instead of the originally planned Pay-Per-View. The following is the stacked Bellator MMA 106 fight card taking place on November 2nd:
BELLATOR LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT
( C ) Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez (rematch)
BELLATOR FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT
( C ) Pat Curran vs. Daniel Straus
“King Mo” Lawal vs. Emmanuel Newton (rematch)
Joe “Diesel” Riggs vs. Mike Bronzoulis
Mike Richman vs. Akop Stepanyan
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