It’s week number five of Bellator season four and it’s the first big event of the year with a title fight headlining the show. Coming to us from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut it’s Bellator 39. As always Five Ounces of Pain will bring you complete results along with a round-by-round recap of all the televised offerings.
Fans can catch things live when action kicks off at 9:00 PM EST on MTV2.
The event is headlined by a title fight between reigning lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and Bellator Season 2 tournament winner Pat Curran. Also on the card are a Bellator Season 4 semi-final pairings between lightweights Toby Imada and Patricky Freireand 170-pounders Rick Hawn and Lyman Good.
Read below for a rundown of all the Bellator 39 action:
PRELIMINARY CARD (Non-Televised)
John McLaughlin def. Blair Tugman via Unanimous Decision
Rene Nazare def. Luiz Azeredo via TKO Round 1 (Injury)
David Jansen def. Scott McAfee via Submission Round 1 (Brabo Choke)
Ryan Quinn def. Mike Winters via Unanimous Decision
Dan Cramer def. Greg Rebello via Unanimous Decision
MAIN CARD (9:00 PM EST – MTV2)
Ben Saunders vs. Matt Lee
Round One: Saunders opened up with a lot of kicks while Lee tried to counter with flurries. Saunders managed to get the clinch and landed a series of knees to the body before Lee was finally able to escape. Saunders clipped Lee with a right hook, got the plum clinch again, and landed more knees to the body and this time the head as well. Lee escaped again but Saunders again tagged him with punches, clinched, and landed knees. Saunders landed a flurry of punches, knees, and elbows on the inside in the final moments of the round but Lee managed to survive to the bell. Very good round for Saunders. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Saunders.
Round Two: The nose of Lee is badly busted. Saunders came out strong and landed the straight left at will. Lee caught Saunders with a knee to the groin, which caused a break but Saunders fought on. Lee tried a couple of takedowns but Saunders fought them off. Lee did a nice job pressing forward and pressuring Saunders but Saunders stayed calm and countered with the jab. Saunders continued to batter Lee with elbows and knees on the inside but Lee never went down. Lee once again survived the round but his face is badly busted. He’s bleeding near the right eye and I wouldn’t be shocked if the fight is stopped. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Saunders.
Round Three: The doctor checked on Lee between rounds but the fight wasn’t stopped. Lee’s face is a mess. Saunders once again got inside quickly and sliced up Lee with more elbows and knees. Now the left eye of Lee is badly cut. The ref stops to check on the cut. The doctor comes in and stops the fight. That was the right call, Lee has deep cuts near both eyes and a busted nose.
Result: Ben Saunders def. Matt Lee via TKO Round 3 (Doctor Stoppage/Cuts)
Toby Imada vs. Patricky “Pitbull” Freire
Round One: Freire used a lot of inside leg kicks early to throw off the timing of Imada and set up his other strikes. A lot of missing by both guys with their hands. Freire landed a huge jumping knee and Imada went on rubber legs. Freire dropped him with a flurry that put Imada out cold. Great finish.
Result: Patricky Freire def. Toby Imada via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Lyman Good vs. Rick Hawn
Round One: Hawn clinched early and controlled things in close corners before landing a flurry on the break. Good caught Hawn with an uppercut that stumbled Hawn a bit. Hawn went back into the clinch, controlled for a bit, but didn’t do any damage. Both guys missing with strikes on the feet. Very close round. Hawn controlled more of the action but Good landed the more damaging blows. Slight edge to Good because I favor damage more than control when rounds are that close. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Good.
Round Two: Good landed a quick flurry but then Hawn got a trip takedown from the clinch. Hawn spent pretty much the entire round in the guard of Good. Hawn didn’t really land any damaging blows but Good never made him work hard by threatening with submissions or trying to get up. Not the most exciting round in the world but a good round for Hawn. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Hawn.
Round Three: A lot of missing by both men early but Hawn was the aggressor. Good landed the cleaner punches but none of them doing much damage. Hawn managed to get the clinch but Good was quickly out. Good started opening up more with his strikes, landing some good kicks and a right hand. Good continued to peck away at Hawn with the jab as Hawn would move forward. Hawn managed a takedown with just seconds remaining but ate an up kick as the round ended. Another close round with Hawn pressing forward and controlling the pace but Good landing the more effective strikes. Slight edge to Good. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Good and the fight 29-28 for Good.
Result: Rick Hawn def. Lyman Good via Split Decision
Eddie Alvarez vs. Pat Curran
Round One: Alvarez finding a home for the straight right early on. Curran having a lot of trouble finding his range early. Curran now landing some good counters and making Alvarez missing. Alvarez got a takedown and took the back of Curran standing as Curran got up. Alvarez went for another takedown but Curran stuffed it and landed a good knee on the break. Both men looking comfortable on the feet now and Alvarez having good success with body shots. Curran landed a good counter right just before the bell. Good round but Alvarez was the aggressor and seemed to do slightly more damage. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Alvarez.
Round Two: Alvarez once again pressing the action but Curran constantly looking for the counter shot. Alvarez managed to clinch for a bit and do some damage with body shots before breaking away. Alvarez continues to work the body and those are about the only punches working for him right now but they’re working well. Curran keeps stuffing the takedowns of Alvarez with relative ease. Curran landed a good jumping knee but Alvarez took it and used it to clinch. Curran landed a good elbow on the break as the round ended. Pretty close round but Alvarez was once again the aggressor and did more overall damage. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Alvarez.
Round Three: Alvarez once again starts aggressive. Some good exchanges to start the round with both men connecting. Alvarez finding a home for the right uppercut in this round. Curran having success stuffing the takedown of Alvarez. Alvarez moving so well and keeps working the body of Curran. Alvarez landed some big body shots and finally managed a takedown but Curran popped right back up. Alvarez still landing body shots, usually two at a time. Probably the strongest round of the fight for Alvarez. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Alvarez.
Round Four: Early clinch by Alvarez and he once again attacked the body before breaking. Curran hanging tough and looking for his counter shots but Alvarez is getting in and out so quickly and Curran is moving much slowed due to all the body shots. The nose of Curran has been busted in this round. Alvarez seemed to have Curran hurt after a flurry but Curran hung tough. Alvarez continued to get in and out and then landed a takedown in the closing seconds of the fight. Another good round for Alvarez. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Alvarez.
Round Five: Alvarez got a quick takedown but Curran was right back up. Alvarez continued to pick apart Curran with body shots. In a strange moment, Alvarez turned away from Curran a couple of times and just walked around. Seems like Alvarez is frustrated that Curran is content on countering and won’t just slug it out. More good punches from Alvarez. Alvarez did a little jump and then went for a takedown but only ended up on his back. Curran landed a short flurry on the ground before getting up and throwing at the end of the round. Should be a clean sweep for Alvarez. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Alvarez and the fight 50-45 for Alvarez.
Result: Eddie Alvarez def. Pat Curran via Unanimous Decision to retain the Bellator Lightweight Title