It would seem that Bellator MMA and Eddie Alvarez have hammered out a deal as Bellator has announced that he will fight Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler for the lightweight title on Bellator’s inaugural pay per view. As of a few weeks ago both parties seemed intent on fighting this out in court, but Bellator made the announcement this morning via press release. Alvarez and Chandler fought in a championship fight in 2011, and it was Chandler who upset the lightweight division by getting the submission win in the fourth round.
“I’ve been cageside for more live fights than almost anyone on the planet,” Bellator CEO & Chairman Bjorn Rebney said. “Without question, Chandler vs. Alvarez was the best MMA fight I’ve ever seen. I’m excited to be able to deliver this rematch to MMA fans. It’s been a long time coming and we’ve had to jump over a lot of hurdles to get this done, but from the day we announced our PPV I promised fans that this card was going to be the deepest we’ve ever done, and we are well on our way. This is just the start.”
Alvarez says he is excited and happy to be getting back in the cage. Alvarez explained “I still lose sleep over my loss to Chandler, and I want it off my record. This was a long process, but at the end of the day I’m back with Bellator and I’m happy to get back in the cage. I really believe everything happens for a reason, and at the end of the day my family and I are happy, and I’m ready to get my belt back on November 2nd.”
“Without sounding too disrespectful, when I fought Eddie the first time in 2011, I didn’t even know what it meant to be an MMA fighter,” Chandler said. “Two years later, I’ve grown so much as a mixed martial artist, and there isn’t a doubt in my mind on November 2nd, my hand will be raised and the belt will be around my waist. I have full confidence that I can take this fight wherever I want, whenever I want because I didn’t even show much of my wrestling in that last fight and I was able to beat him just with my standup. My ground game has always been there, and I’ve taken my striking to a whole new level since the last time we met. I feel like I have more experience under my belt, I’m wiser, stronger, and have had so much time in the gym trying to become the best fighter I can be.”
As reported on Fighters.com, Bellator will enter the pay per view market for the first time on November 2. In the main event, ex UFC stars Tito Ortiz and Quinton ”˜Rampage’ Jackson are scheduled to fight.