As with every major show, Bloody Elbow will be here to bring you live results and commentary from Bellator 58. Our live blog will begin with the start of the MTV2 broadcast (7 p.m. EST) so be sure to make Bloody Elbow your home for this event.
Tonight brings us a title fight in the lightweight division. Bellator champ Eddie Alvarez will be facing tournament winner Michael Chandler to determine who will take home the lightweight belt. Chandler defeated Patricky Freire in the tournament final at Bellator 44 to become the latest challenger to try to take the title from Alvarez. Alvarez has held the belt since the first 155 tournament in 2009, but this will be only his second title defense.
Also on the televised card tonight are two feature fights: middleweight champ Hector Lombard will face Trevor Prangley in a non-title catchweight bout, and a featherweight contest between Marlon Sandro and Rafael Dias. We will also likely see what was originally and undercard fight between Jessica Aguilar and Lisa Ward.
Remember, the action starts at 7 p.m. EST tonight, so join us then!
Round one: Slow start. Sandro gets in a good leg kick, and Dias misses with a head kick. Sandro comes in punching, Dias misses. Dias catches Sandro with a shot that knocks him down, but Sandro goes for a takedown. Sandro is in half guard now. He lands a couple of elbows followed up with some body shots. Dias is trying to get up, and finally manages it. Sandro tries to trip him and get him down again but can't. Dias' nose is busted and bleeding. Sandro gets a takedown, gets an arm triangle, and Dias taps!! Marlon Sandro def. Rafael Dias via submission (arm triangle choke), 3:56 of round one
Round one: Aguilar opens up with a good combo. Ward misses with a leg kick. Another combo from Aguilar. Ward with a spinning backfist that doesn't have much to it. They trade some good solid shots. Aguilar is being just a bit more effective in the standup so far. Ward lands a couple of decent body kicks. Aguilar with a right that Ward counters with a body kick. Combo from Aguilar, Ward clinches her on the cage and lands a knee to the head. End of the round. 10-9 Aguilar.
Round two: Apparently Aguilar's nose is broken. She is coming out swinging hard but a little wild. Ward is coming forward more now. She throws a leg kick, Aguilar catches it and lands a right. Ward is throwing a lot more punches but isn't connecting with much. Now both women are trading good solid shots. Ward comes in with a flying knee and slips, Aguilar follows up punching. Aguilar is going for an anaconda choke, Ward is on her feet and eating knees from Aguilar. Aguilar trips Ward and is unloading gnp. Now Aguilar in Ward's guard. Ward is trying to keep Aguilar tied up. Back on the feet. Ward is looking hesitant. End of the round. Wow... 10-9 Aguilar again.
Round three: Aguilar is landing good shots early. Ward is landing, but not as much or as well. Aguilar is landing combos. Ward throws a kick, Aguilar catches it. Ward lands a head kick but again, not much behind it. More of the same, they trade, Ward's shots aren't as accurate or powerful as Aguilar's. Now Ward comes forward with a flurry that backs Aguilar to the cage. Aguilar gets Ward down and is in side control. Aguilar is up and dropping gnp, Ward missing with upkicks. End of the fight. I see it for Aguilar with at least two rounds, possibly three.
Jessica Aguilar def. Lisa Ward via unanimous decision
Round one: Lombard comes out strong with a body kick, then drives Prangley into the cage. Lombard is throwing some little knees, then tries to throw Prangley. Prangley stays up though. Lombard with a body kick, then a nasty left and a flurry of hard shots. Prangley gets a takedown but can't keep it, they're back up. Lombard has Prangley pressed on the cage again. Back to the center. Prangley is bleeding from the nose. Lombard lands a combo followed by a leg kick. Prangley lands a body kick then a leg kick. Lombard comes in for a body shot. Prangley comes forward with a punch but misses. End of the round. 10-9 Lombard.
Round two: Lombard throws a casual body kick that still looked nasty. Good combo from Lombard. Prangley comes forward with a combo, Lombard catches him with a counter left that rocks him badly. Lombard quickly follows up and the ref stops it. Hector Lombard def. Trevor Prangley via TKO, 1:06 of round two
Round one: Chandler is coming forward hard, and hitting Alvarez with a flurry of punches that has him rocked. He gets Alvarez down but Alvarez is back up pretty quick. Alvarez connects with a good right, but Chandler is comign forward and swinging hard. Another right from Alvarez. Chandler is still coming forward, and lands a combo. Alvarez lands another good shot. Chandler goes for a takedown but can't get it. They trade, then alvarez gets Chandler on the cage. Chandler goes for a takedown, gives up his back, but gets out and they're back up! Alvarez lands a good left, then another. Knee to the head from Alvarez. Chandler comes in with a combo that looks good, then another. Alvarez eats a right but comes forward and lands another combo. Chandler catches Alvarez again and he's rocked! Chandler comes in to try to finish but the round ends! I have no idea how to score that round. Fantastic. I would almost say 10-9 Chandler.
Round two: Chandler comes out strong again, swinging hard. Chandler gets Alvarez on the cage, and finally gets him down. Alvarez is back up, then Chandler gets him down again. Alvarez gives up his back but gets to his feet. Alvarez throws a left but misses. Chandler is throwing jabs and mostly missing. Chandler shoots but can't get a leg. Alvarez looks like he's working for a submission, maybe an anaconda. He gets up. Chandler swings and misses, then lands a jab. Alvarez lands a left, then a body kick that almost misses. Alvarez lands a body kick then a left. He comes in with a combo as the round ends. I think that one goes 10-9 Alvarez.
Round three: Alvarez lands a couple of little jabs. He is moving forward more now. Alvarez swings and misses, and ends up with Chandler on the cage briefly. Chandler lands a good left but eats one in the process. Alvarez with several body shots, then tries a guillotine briefly. Alvarez is coming forward with some good shots and Chandler looks hurt. Chandler is just hanging on the cage while Alvarez hits him. Chandler shoots but Alvarez gets out. Chandler looks bad now. Alvarez is unloading on him. Chandler throws a good right but misses. Now Chandler is taking shot after shot from Alvarez, he rallies enough to land some good shots then shoots. He can't get the takedown, but it keeps Alvarez from beating on him for a little bit and gives him time to recover if he can. Not sure what happened to Chandler this round. End of the round, 10-9 Alvarez.
Round four: Chandler is looking a little better now. He is swinging and missing though. Alvarez is landing some combos. Chandler lands a right and is coming forward again. He shoots but can't get a takedown. Now both guys are landing good shots. Chandler lands a great right that gets Alvarez down, and Chandler is going for gnp. Now in full mount and is trying to land elbows. Alvarez gives up his back, Chandler gets the choke, and Alvarez taps!! Wow!! Michael Chandler def. Eddie Alvarez via submission (rear naked choke), 3:06 of round four
Good lord, what a title fight. Thanks for joining us, everyone, this was a blast!