Bellator put its first pay-per-view behind them, and the co-main event was an interim lightweight title bout between Michael Chandler and Will Brooks.
Brooks entered the event on short notice as a replacement for lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. He exited with gold around his waist after a contentious decision was read.
It was the best fight of the evening, and Twitter had plenty to say. There was considerable less action on the social media platform, but that was to be expected as Bellator is not the UFC, and this was not on free television. Regardless, this is how the world of MMA reacted to the co-main event.
Chandler came out right away to dominate with his wrestling. It appeared that this would be a relatively simple fight for Chandler, as the takedowns he completed were done so in an easy manner. It seemed a clear round for Chandler.
It was more of the same in the second round. Chandler dominating with his wrestling, but not able to do much damage.
Brooks turned it on in a big way when he needed to. At one point, Brooks seemed like he was on the verge of getting the stoppage, but Chandler was able to survive. It was a big round for Brooks.
Brooks kept his offense going into the championship rounds. It looked like he was going to take over late and win. Chandler did not seem to have what he had earlier in the fight. Brooks' punishment was evident on Chandler's face.
The final round was close, but in the closing minute Chandler hurt Brooks. It appeared that Chandler had taken the final frame, but we would find out that it was not the case for all of the judges. The final five minutes capped off a fun title fight.
An interesting decision. Scorecards could have been in any number of directions, but a 48-47 score for Brooks was not thought to be one of them. Nevertheless, Brooks takes the decision and the championship.