Michael Chandler wished to show that his June 2017 loss to Brent Primus was a fluke.

Nicely, Chandler did that after which some Friday evening at Bellator 212 in Honolulu, dominating Primus to win by unanimous resolution (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) to regain the light-weight title. Sporting Information additionally scored it 50-45 for Chandler.

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With the win, Chandler not solely exacted revenge for his TKO loss to Primus, however he grew to become a three-time light-weight champion within the course of to interrupt the tie with Eddie Alvarez.

Chandler dropped Primus with an enormous left hook within the opening spherical, smothering his rival on the bottom in what served as a preview for what was to come back over the period of the combat. Chandler seemingly took Primus down at will, asserting his superior wrestling expertise on his rival. Chandler was in full management, except for the early portion of the second spherical when Primus shocked him with a left hand and instantly cinched in a rear-naked choke. The savvy veteran, although, was capable of wriggle free and as soon as once more take Primus again down on the bottom en path to the choice victory.

“This belt was not received simple tonight,” Chandler mentioned throughout his post-fight interview as a nod of respect to Primus.

Here is how Chandler-Primus went along with the remainder of Bellator 212.

(All occasions Japanese.)

Bellator 212 outcomes

Michael Chandler beats Brent Primus to turn into three-time Bellator light-weight champion

1:34 a.m.: Chandler def. Primus by unanimous resolution (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) to win the Bellator light-weight title. Could not ask for a greater efficiency. Chandler confirmed a little bit little bit of the whole lot on this combat. Somewhat little bit of placing and plenty of wrestling to maintain Primus on his toes and regain the title.

1:30 a.m: Spherical 5 to Chandler (10-9, 50-45 Chandler). Primus did what we mentioned he wanted to do. That lasted about 30 seconds till Chandler dumped him proper again right down to the canvas. Give Primus credit score as he did stand up within the last moments and threw the whole lot he had. Too little, too late. We await the judges’ scorecards.

1:24 a.m.: Spherical Four to Chandler (10-9, 40-36 Chandler). Chandler can take the combat to the bottom all day lengthy and there is nothing Primus can do about it. Primus wants to come back proper out to start the ultimate spherical and provides it the whole lot he has. At this level, Primus can let all of it hang around. If not, there shall be a brand new light-weight champion.

1:18 a.m.: Spherical Three to Chandler (10-9, 30-27 Chandler). Dominant spherical for Chandler. As soon as he took Primus right down to the mat, Chandler was in management. He appeared for submissions, whereas touchdown his strikes. Primus must preserve the combat standing. He can’t win a floor battle with Chandler. If he cannot do this, a brand new champion shall be topped.

1:12 a.m.: Spherical 2 to Chandler (10-9, 20-18 Chandler). Very onerous spherical to attain. Primus dropped Chandler with a tough left hand. He pounced on the chance and instantly went for a rear-naked choke. Chandler escaped, however Primus locked it again in. One way or the other, Chandler escaped and reversed into high place. Chandler landed elbows and punches for the rest of the spherical. Chandler had the benefit longer and the injury was extra important. Nice combat to this point. Lot of drama.

1:05 a.m.: Spherical 1 to Chandler (10-9). Primus got here out throwing nothing however leg kicks to break Chandler’s leg and ankle like he did of their first assembly, whereas the previous champion was trying to discover his groove. Chandler modified the tide of the spherical when he wobbled Primus with a left hook. Chandler did not attempt to end the combat. As an alternative, he took his time and took Primus right down to the mat. From there, Chandler managed the motion with quite a few floor and pound punches. Primus must be the aggressor as he is having a tough time coping with Chandler’s pace.

12:53 a.m: It is time for the principle occasion of Bellator 212: Brent Primus defends his light-weight championship towards former titlist Michael Chandler. Primus and Chandler fought at June 2017’s Bellator NYC occasion, with Primus successful the belt through a first-round TKO. Chandler suffered an ankle harm within the opening spherical and tried his greatest to compete on one leg, however it was to no avail. When the spherical had ended, Chandler did the whole lot in his energy to persuade the referee that he may proceed, however the official thought in any other case and the combat was stopped. 

Chandler’s insisted what occurred nearly 18 months was a fluke. Can Primus show him unsuitable?

Javy Ayala springs the upset in submitting Frank Mir

12:37 a.m.: Ayala def. Mir by submission (strikes) at 4:30 of the second spherical. After a primary spherical, which Mir managed on the bottom, Ayala modified the complexion of the combat when he got here out for the second and instantly gashed Mir’s left eye with a pointy left elbow. Seeing the blood gushing and Mir making an attempt to wipe it away, Ayala continued throw elbows and punches to the wound. Mir tried to fireplace again with a collection of pictures, however Ayala reversed place and continued to pour down brief, onerous left palms. Mir wasn’t defending himself and ended up tapping out to strikes.

By far, the largest win of Ayala’s profession. No disrespect to Ayala, however this can be a devastating loss for Mir. The place does he go from right here? Three years in the past, when he bought somebody to the bottom, he completed them off. Suppose it’s time for Mir to significantly contemplate retirement. There’s nothing left for the previous two-time UFC heavyweight champion to show. He has crushed among the best heavyweights of all time. Hopefully, Mir takes a while to consider it.

12:25 a.m.: Spherical 1 to Mir (10-9). Ayala got here speeding at Mir, on the lookout for a knockout. However Mir stayed composed and took the combat again to the middle of the cage. He threw a pair inside leg kicks earlier than grabbing Ayala and scoring a takedown. Mir tried two kimuras, however let go of them. When he wasn’t making an attempt for a submission, Mir landed brief elbows and punches. Ayala must preserve the combat on the toes as he has the placing benefit, whereas Mir must get it again on the bottom. He already appeared exhausted within the last moments of the spherical.

12:19 a.m: It’s now time for the co-main occasion as Frank Mir takes on Javy Ayala. Mir (18-12) had an unsuccessful Bellator debut when he bought knocked out by Fedor Emelianenko 49 seconds into the primary spherical of their heavyweight grand prix bout at Bellator 198. Ayala (10-7) is available in having misplaced back-to-back fights to Cheick Kongo and Roy Nelson. This has the makings of a setup combat for Mir, so he can get a win underneath his belt. Ayala possesses heavy palms and can look to do what Emelianenko did in April. Something can occur in a combat and Ayala appears to show that in aiming to spring the upset.

A.J. McKee faucets out Daniel Crawford to remain undefeated

11:57 p.m.: McKee def. Crawford through submission (anaconda choke) at 3:19 of the primary spherical. You have been pondering you have been going to see a combat contested on the toes, as it started with heavy pictures exchanged by each guys within the opening minute. McKee then began grinding Crawford towards the cage, digging for a takedown. After about 90 seconds, he lastly scored it. Crawford does a excessive guard, however McKee locked Crawford right into a entrance headlock. McKee then rolled over into an anaconda choke and Crawford rapidly faucets out. McKee stays undefeated in 13 fights — all of them in Bellator. 

McKee deserves to get a shot at featherweight champion Patrício Freire. The 23-year-old has carried out all he may by this level to earn a title shot. McKee’s been asking for Freire for some time and now is a good time to do it.

11:40 p.m.: Developing subsequent at Bellator 212, A.J. McKee battles Daniel Crawford in featherweight motion. McKee (12-0) is among the guys Bellator is constructing round. He’s solely gone the space 4 occasions and is coming off a 69-second knockout of John Teixeira da Conceicao at Bellator 205 in September. Crawford (10-2) had his streak of 4 consecutive victories finish in Might by the hands of Pedro Carvalho. It is a good take a look at for McKee, as Crawford is a tricky out in successful seven of his bouts through stoppage.

Juliana Velasquez dominates Alejandra Lara to stay undefeated

11:24 p.m.: Velasquez def. Lara by cut up resolution (28-29, 30-27, 29-28). Whoever scored the combat in Lara’s favor must not choose for the remainder of the cardboard. Velasquez managed the vast majority of the motion from begin to end. Velasquez stalked Lara all through and saved trying to unload a barrage of vicious pictures as each punch was thrown with unhealthy intentions. Velasquez’s placing was on level. She related on nearly each shot and there was nothing Lara may do about it. When the previous title challenger would attempt for a takedown, Velasquez would stuff it each time. 

About midway by the third spherical, Lara had a quick second when she pulled guard and caught Velasquez in an inverted heel hook. Velasquez saved herself in good place your complete time and even began throwing punches at Lara’s face whereas nonetheless within the submission maintain. Velasquez survived and cruised to the victory to stay undefeated in eight fights. That ought to put Velasquez subsequent in line for the winner of Saturday’s title combat between Ilima Lei-Macfarlane and Valerie Letourneau.

11:00 p.m.: Up subsequent at Bellator 212, Alejandra Lara takes on Juliana Velasquez in girls’s flyweight motion. In her final combat, Lara (7-2) had her three-fight successful streak snapped when she misplaced to flyweight champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane at Bellator 201 in June. Velasquez’s (7-0) has ripped by the competitors since her making her firm debut in December, successful each of her fights through stoppage. An thrilling contest wherein the winner places themselves proper within the thick of the title image at 125 kilos.

Sam Sicilia powers his technique to a call victory over Derek Campos

10:37 p.m.: Sicilia def. Campos by cut up resolution (28-29, 29-28, 29-28). Sicilia nearly gave the combat away. He fully dominated the primary 9 minutes with one thunderous punch after one other, as Campos was simply barely hanging on. With a few minute left within the second spherical, Campos secured a takedown and managed the rest of the spherical. Sicilia gained a little bit of his momentum again, connecting on a collection of onerous hooks. However Sicilia emptied his fuel tank whereas doing that and Campos took benefit. He began touchdown heavy pictures of his personal and was capable of muster the motion on the toes right into a takedown. He rained down punches on Sicilia, however it was too little, too late.

Whereas Sicilia ought to be blissful getting the victory, hopefully he appears again and realizes he must combat a complete 15 minutes and never in spurts. As a result of he will not win once more like this towards a greater fighter.

10:25 p.m.: How is Campos surviving? Sicilia has been throwing bombs your complete combat and Campos is in some way standing upright.

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10:16 p.m. Kicking off the principle card of Bellator 212 are featherweights Derek Campos and Sam Sicilia. Campos (19-7) is making his debut at 145 kilos after having his four-fight successful streak snapped by the hands of Patricky Freire in February. Sicilia (16-9) has began his Bellator profession, going 1-1. Count on tons of motion as Campos and Sicilia are all-action fighters and can give the whole lot they’ve contained in the cage

10:00 p.m.: Welcome to Sporting Information’ stay protection of Bellator 212. We’ve an thrilling evening of motion on faucet. Seize some refreshments and be part of us for what is anticipated to be a terrific evening of fights.

Bellator 212 combat card

Predominant card

  • Brent Primus (c) vs. Michael Chandler for Primus’ Light-weight title
  • Frank Mir vs. Javy Ayala; Heavyweight 
  • A.J. McKee vs. Daniel Crawford; Featherweight 
  • Derek Campos vs. Sam Sicilia; Featherweight 
  • Alejandra Lara vs. Juliana Velasquez; Girls’s Flyweight 

Preliminary card 

  • Tywan Claxton vs. Kaeo Meyer; Featherweight 
  • Robson Gracie Jr. vs. Brysen Bolohao; Welterweight 
  • Brandon Pieper vs. Chris Avila; Light-weight 
  • Toby Misech vs. Edward Thommes; Featherweight 
  • Chris Lopes vs. Nick Badis; Featherweight 

Bellator 212 newest information

– Light-weight champion Brent Primus has heard what Michael Chandler has needed to say about him. Primus tells SN  that he plans on doing one thing about it on Friday evening.

– Between Brock Lesnar and Fedor Emelianenko, who was the harder combat for Frank Mir? The previous two-time UFC heavyweight champion explains to SN why it’s the present WWE star.

– Who’re the best fighters in Bellator historical past? Sporting Information tells you as we rank the highest 25.

– Bellator 212 is a deep card. However we clarify why Tywan Claxton is somebody you positively must preserve your eye on.

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