When it was announced Bellator 106 would mark the promotion’s first pay-per-view broadcast, many fans were bashing the card – despite the fact three titles would be on the line and former UFC light heavyweight champions Tito Ortiz and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson were headlining.
The latter was probably why Bellator took so much heat…
However, when Ortiz pulled out at the 11th hour with a fractured neck, it was a blessing in disguise for Bellator because there weren’t too many out there willing to drop $35-$45 (depending on the cable provider) to watch the PPV, anyway. In addition, the show’s true main event, the hotly-anticipated rematch between lightweight champ Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez (both pictured), rightfully got bumped to top billing.
Speaking of Chandler vs. Alvarez II, the sequel did not disappoint, which is hard to believe considering how epic their first encounter was two years ago.
If you missed last night’s event, it certainly sucks to be you because the unexpected happened … three times. Of the three championship affairs, each underdog pulled through. Pat Curran was a 4-1 odds-on favorite over Daniel Straus, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal was a 4.5-1 favorite against Emmanuel Newton and Chandler was more than a 2.5-1 favorite over Alvarez.
Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California hosted Saturday’s festivities.
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