Lightweight Eddie Alvarez is set to return to the Bellator cage this November 2 in a highly anticipated rematch with champion Michael Chandler, tantalizing fans with the notion of a scrap similar to their 2011 “Fight of the Year” contender seeing Alvarez submitted in the fourth frame of an action-packed pairing. However, Alvarez isn’t aiming for a repeat performance – only a different result.
The 24-3 Alvarez spoke to The MMA Hour about the PPV-bound battle, promising his supporters a spectacular show when he collides with the unbeaten Chandler…
“Everything happened exactly the way I thought about it in my mind, and I’m glad it did. By the end of this year, I’ll fight the best fight you guys have ever seen. My first fight against Mike Chandler, I might’ve had the worst first round I’ve ever fought in my whole life. And I still almost came back and won the fight.
“I’m a way more focused person. I look at Mike Chandler as a dangerous opponent now — which in the first fight, I really didn’t. When I see my opponents like that, when I look at them as dangerous and a threat to me, they’re the guys that I do the best against. They’re the guys that I put away and I put away fast. So to me, this is a completely different fight. Mike Chandler can think what he wants. He can think had the best of me, and he can think that he took my best shots in the third. That’s complete bullsh*t. He didn’t take my best shots. November 2nd, he’ll take my best shots. And we’ll see if he’s able to get out of even the first.”