Bellator 106 got started on Spike TV. For his seventh fight inside two years, Featherweight Mike Richman met Akop Stepanyan. After that, the inaugural season of Bellator's reality TV series Fight Master concluded with a tournament final between Welterweights Joe Riggs and Mike Bonzoulis.
Mike Bronzoulis vs. Joe Riggs - Fight Master tourney final
Bronzoulis was obviously wary of Riggs's boxing early. He struck from the outside with low kicks. At one point in the first round, he buckled Riggs's lead leg. Then Riggs sent him back with a heavy punch. Riggs followed him to the ground and finished the round doing damage from top position. Again, Bronzoulis looked competitive early in round 2, but was tripped by Riggs who quickly took the back. Mike opened up a cut above Riggs's eye and managed to survive the back control. He reversed and finished the round trying to attack from Joe's guard, while also receiving shots of his own. Riggs took over again in the final round. He got another takedown from the clinch and dominated the round from back control. Bronzoulis finally got out in the last 30 seconds, but it wasn't enough.
Joe Riggs defeats Mike Bronzoulis via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
Stepanyan tried to work a counter game against Richman in the first round. When Richman would miss with a southpaw jab, akop would try to come over the top with a lead hook. He was landing strong throughout the round and shook Richman with a hook. But, when he tried to follow up, Richman caught him with a left that sent him to the mat. Richman followed him to the ground with a double punchbefore referee Herb Dean stopped the action.
Mike Richman knocked out Akop Stepanyan at 4:05 of round 1.