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:
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
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