Bellator 106 main card live blog: Alvarez vs. Chandler 2, more

Emanuel Newton will try to defeat King Mo again at Bellator 106. - Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

This is the Bellator 106 main card live blog for the Bellator 106 event at the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, Calif.

There will be five fights on the Bellator 106 main card. Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez, King Mo Lawal vs. Emanuel Newton, Pat Curran vs. Daniel Straus, Joe Riggs vs. Mike Bronzoulis, and Mike Richman vs. Akop Stepanyan will be featured on SPIKE TV.

Check out the Bellator 106 main card below.


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Mike Richman vs. Akop Stepanyan

Round 1: Herb Dean is the referee. Stepanyan throws a spinning back fist, but it's blocked. Good right hook finds the mark from the Armenian. Stepanyan staying active, but most of his shots are missing. Stepanyan's face is bleeding, but he's landing more and harder than the American. Two right hands score for Richman. Stepanyan clearly rocked, but returns the favor with a left hand that sends Stepanyan crashing to the mat. Richman follows up with a series of punches and the referee stops the fight.

Mike Richman def. Akop Stepanyan via TKO at 4:05 of round 1

Joe Riggs vs. Mike Bronzoulis


Round 1: 'Big' John McCarthy is the referee. Both fighters exchanging leg kicks, but nothing significant. Riggs lands a right that's not flush, but backs up Bronzoulis. Bronzoulis staying with the leg kicks and they're beginning to add up. Riggs catches a kick and uses it to score an outside trip. Bronzoulis tries to stand, but Riggs uses over-under control from the back to snatch Bronzoulis back down. Bronzoulis stands, but Riggs stays busy with hammerfists.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Riggs

Round 2: Bronzoulis clinches with Riggs and is immediately tripped to the canvas. Bronzoulis manages to stand and eventually create separation. Left hand scores for Bronzoulis, but they're back to clinching. Bronzoulis scores a leg kick, but Riggs lands a nice outside trip and he passes guard almost immediately. Bronzoulis tries to scramble and again gets his back taken. Bronzoulis stands and is able to shuck Riggs over his back, Riggs now working from guard.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Riggs

Round 3: Both fighters trade right hands, but then they're back to clinching. Riggs scoops Bronzoulis and drops him to the canvas opposite the fence. Bronzoulis tries to get to his base and again Riggs takes his back. Bronzoulis is basically helpless here as Riggs maintains back control, but Riggs isn't exactly threatening with any submissions. Bronzoulis is now standing, but Riggs is still all over his back. Bronzoulis is able to reverse, but Riggs gets back to his feet.

MMA Fighting scores this fight 10-9 Riggs and the fight 30-27 Riggs

Joe Riggs def. Mike Bronzoulis via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Pat Curran vs. Daniel Straus

Round 1: Jason Herzog is the referee. Curran nearly connects with a right, but Straus returns with an inside leg kick. Straus dives for a double and gets it. Curran stands and separates. Left straight connects for Straus. Straus lands a body kick and a left hook. Straus connects with another inside leg kick, but eats a groin kick inadvertently. The bout resumes after a brief halt. Straus secures a double against the fence, but Curran stands.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Straus

Round 2: Curran starting to connect on Straus and stuffs a takedown to start the frame. Left hook connects on Straus from the champion. Good left straight from Straus finds the mark. Good body kick now from Straus. Two hard body shots from Curran. Another middle kick from Straus and the fighters trade leg kicks. Over the top elbow from Curran finds the mark plus a left uppercut and Straus counters.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Straus

Round 3: One-two combo lands for Straus. Inside leg kick from Curran trips Straus to the floor, but he's back up. Good left straight from Straus and he's in on a double attempt against the fence. Straus attempts a hip throw and gets it, but it's against the fence, so Curran is back on his feet and pressing Straus into the cage for a takedown. Straus hits another throw, but eats an illegal knee from Curran. The bout is temporarily halted. Jason Herzog takes a point from Curran. The bout resumes. Straus scores a takedown and passes guard. Curran gets back to his base and rolls through to recapture guard.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-8 Straus

Round 4: Straus uses the clinch again to whip Curran over and press him against the fence. He also secures a scoop double against the fence, but Curran stands. Straus lifts Curran and dumps him back on the mat. Now he's pressing Curran into the fence from Curran's guard. Straus threatening with top side elbows and pressure passing against the cage. Curran is badly cut on his scalp.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Straus

Round 5: Good one-two from Straus. Right hook scores for Curran, but not a lot on it. Straus connects with a series of punches after a thundering left hand the champion is reeling. He survives and they two clinch along the fence. Straus attempts another throw, but Curran stuffs it. Curran now pressing Straus into the fence. He almost secures a single, but Straus reverses him

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Straus and the fight 50-44 Straus

Daniel Straus def. Pat Curran via unanimous decision (49-45, 48-46, 48-46)

Muhammed Lawal vs. Emanuel Newton

Round 1: Herb Dean is the referee. Lawal in on a single, then transitions to a double and it scores. Lawal with a few punches as Newton tries to stand and separate. Newton trying over and over to stand and is eating a ton of small shots. He eventually gets back to his feet and lands a small kick to the groin, but the bout is re-started. Newton throws a spinning back fist and is taken to the mat with a well-timed takedown from Lawal. Newton is able to stand again.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Lawal

Round 2: Good one-two for Mo to start the frame. Newton misses with a spinning back kick, but lands a body kick. Lawal reaches for a single and presses Newton into the fence. Lawal spikes Newton to the mat and is now working from Newton's open guard. Newton is able to stand, but Lawal eats the end of a kick and is visibly hurt. Newton tries to follow up and can't finish him. They're back to exchanging in the middle of the cage. Lawal throws a body shot and eats a right hand.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Newton

Round 3: Good left hook by Lawal to start the frame. Newton tries to crack with an overhand, but doesn't land it cleanly. Lawal doing all the stalking and pumping the jab, but scores with a body shot. Lawal eats a fleeting right hand. Lawal with another body shot. Lawal fails on a takedown and misses with a wide punch.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Newton

Round 4: Newton scores with a body kick and then a spinning back kick. Right hand for Lawal scores. Lawal leaps in for a series of punches, but can't score. Lawal ducks a spinning back fist and times a takedown, but can't get it. Tries it again and still can't get it. Lawal presses for a double against the fence and it works. Newton stands, however. Lawal stalking and scores with a jab, but can't do much else with it.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Newton

Round 5: Lawal back to pressuring and scores a nice, hard right hand. Newton misses with several overhand right attempts. Lawal nicely times a takedown attempt, but can't get it. Newton mostly missing with his spinning strikes now. Lawal presses forward with strikes, but also mostly misses. Decent overhand right from Lawal. Lawal in on a single leg and gets it against the cage. After a bit of struggle, Newton stands. He tries to take Lawal down, but can't.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Lawal and the fight 47-46 Newton

Emanuel Newton def. Muhammed Lawal via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)

Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez

Round 1: 'Big' John McCarthy is your referee. Both fighters trading big shots early with Chandler stalking. Good right hand from Alvarez. Alvarez in on a single and it's easily stuffed by Chandler and a good jab. Hard right hand by Chandler and a left. Alvarez with a counter left, but Chandler cracks him with a right. Good left by Alvarez and Chandler respects. Chandler gets a huge takedown and takes Alvarez's back. He nearly stops the fight with a rear naked choke, but Alvarez survives and gets back to his feet.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Chandler

Round 2: Both fighters trade right hands. Chandler scores with a left. Short uppercut from Chandler followed with a right hook by Alvarez. Good right straight from Alvarez. More good jabs from Alvarez and he stuffs a takedown from Chandler. Two back to back takedowns from Chandler score. And another hard one. Alvarez stands, but he's trying to defend pressure against the fence from Chandler. Chandler gets him down momentarily, but Alvarez stands. The champion eats a good uppercut-hook combo. Chandler responds with a punch-takedown combination of his own.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Chandler

Round 3: Chandler catches a kick and tries to throw a punch, but it doesn't connect. He's in on a shot, but Alvarez stuffs it. Side kick from Chandler. Alvarez whizzers hard and stuffs another shot. Chandler relentless on a takedown attempt, but it's eventually stuffed. So is another single leg attempt. Alvarez pumping the jab. Another stuffed attempt from Chandler. Chandler eats a punch and gives a one-two back from Alvarez. Alvarez trying to score a takedown and can't. Chandler finally gets one and gets to Alvarez's back and finally puts Alvarez on his back.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Alvarez

Round 4: Alvarez pumping the jab. Chandler is backed into the fence and scores a jumping knee that lands flush. He follows up with a few more strikes and takes Alvarez down after Alvarez attempted it first. Chandler on top throwing hard core ground and pound. Alvarez is cut badly. Alvarez is getting beat up here and trying to survive, but has no real offensive guard to speak of.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Chandler

Round 5: Chandler is on a double, but can't finish it. Chandler with a jab and hard uppercut, then a takedown then right to the back and then a face crank! Alvarez finds a way to stand and lands a few shots in the process. The two are trading in the center of the cage. Chandler fails on a takedown, eats two jabs. Then eats a knee to the body. Chandler tries to roll through through and gets his back taken in the process. Alvarez goes for three rear naked chokes and can't get any of them. He reverses Alvarez and is now on top. Chandler scores another takedown. Both guys are brutally beat up.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Alvarez and the fight 48-47 Chandler

Eddie Alvarez def. Michael Chandler via split decision (48-47 Chandler, 48-47 Alvarez, 48-47 Alvarez)

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