Ironically enough, two of the year's best fights may have taken place on the very same night.
While former Pride champions Dan Henderson and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua engaged in their own rollicking battle, it was lightweight notables in Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler who rivaled the memorable light heavyweight battle.
Chandler earned his shot at Alvarez, the Bellator 155-pound champion, after besting a field of eight men in the Season 5 tournament and proved to be a formidable opponent.
The undefeated fighter struck hard and early, dropping Alvarez on several occasions with some vicious right hands that had the former Dream star in trouble throughout the first two rounds.
Alvarez stormed back in the third, laying some heavy leather on a noticeably fatigued Chandler, who appeared to be wilting against the cage.
Chandler survived and made it to the fourth round, where he landed another hard right hand, dropping Alvarez and following the Philly fighter to the mat where he deftly applied the rear-naked choke, earning the tap out and the promotion's lightweight title in the process.