Tito Ortiz pulling out of the show’s featured attraction against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was only just the beginning of Bellator 106’s makeover. Saturday’s event will no longer be of the pay-per-view variety, rather air for free on Spike TV.
In addition, several changes have been made to the lineup. First and foremost, the highly-anticipated rematch between lightweight champion Michael Chandler and Eddie Alavarez, the night’s previous co-main event, has been promoted to top billing. Hence, the new event poster above.
The heavyweight tournament finals bout with former UFC star Cheick Kongo and Vinicius Queiroz was pulled from the roster. Mike Richman vs. Akop Stepanyan and Joe Riggs vs. Mike Bronzoulis have now been bumped to the main card.
Finally, Terry Etim, Patrick Cenoble and Karo Parisyan were yanked from the lineup.
Spike.com streams the preliminary bouts live starting at 7PM ET/4PM PT. Spike will then broadcast the main card at 9PM ET/PT.
Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California hosts the festivities.
Here is the show’s revised agenda:
(Spike.com 7PM ET/4PM PT)
Darren Smith vs. Josh Smith
Joe Camacho vs. Cleber Luciano
Alejandro Garcia vs. Cristiano Souza
Mike Guymon vs. Aaron Miller
Brandon Halsey vs. Hector Ramirez
Joe Williams vs. Jesse Juarez
(Spike TV 9PM ET/PT)
Mike Richman vs. Akop Stepanyan
Joe Riggs vs. Mike Bronzoulis
Daniel Straus vs. Pat Curran (Bellator featherweight champion)
Emanuel Newton vs. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (For interim light heavyweight title)
Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler (Bellator lightweight champion)