Bellator 39: Saunders, Alvarez Roll To Victory

Eddie Alvarez at the Bellator 33 post-fight press conference
Saunders, Alvarez victorious at Bellator 39

Bellator 39 is in the books, and UFC veteran Ben Saunders and Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez each had a successful night.

Saunders debuted with the promotion with a dominant technical knockout victory against a clearly over-matched opponent. He blasted knees and elbows into Matt Lee to earn a third round doctor’s stoppage. While the victory was impressive, Saunders has yet to defeat a quality opponent since his release from the UFC.

Meanwhile, Alvarez once again proved himself a top-level lightweight with another one-sided victory. The champion, who is perhaps the top lightweight not fighting under Zuffa, LLC, defeated Pat Curran via unanimous decision after five rounds of dominance. Curran showed toughness, but little else throughout the 25 minutes of competition.

The full results from Bellator 39 can be found below:

Main Card

Eddie Alvarez d. Pat Curran via unanimous decision
Rick Hawn d. Lyman Good via split-decision
Patricky Freire via technical knockout at 2:53 of Round 1
Ben Saunders d. Matt Lee via technical knockout at 1:24 of Round 3

Preliminary Card

Dan Cramer d. Greg Rebello via unanimous decision
Ryan Quinn d. Mike Winters via unanimous decision
David Jansen d. Scott McAfee via submission at 4:58 of Round 1
Rene Nazare d. Luiz Azeredo via technical knockout at 5:00 of Round 1
John McLaughlin d. Blair Tugman via unanimous decision

HeavyMMA on Twitter HeavyMMA on Facebook