Eddie Alvarez Remains with Bellator, Challenges Lightweight Champ Michael Chandler on PPV

August 13, 2013
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Michael Chandler and Eddie AlvarezIt’s been nearly a year since he last fought, but Eddie Alvarez is once again under contract with Bellator MMA. He’ll make his next start for the promotion in a rematch with lightweight champion Michael Chandler on the Rampage vs. Tito pay-per-view on Nov. 2 in Long Beach, Calif.

Bellator officials announced the fight on Tuesday.

Chandler and Alvarez last fought at Bellator 58 on Nov. 19, 2011. Their positions were juxtaposed at the time with Alvarez stepping into the bout as Bellator lightweight champion.

It was a back-and-forth battle that went deep into the fourth round. There were several near finishes by both men throughout the fight, but it was Chandler that dropped Alvarez and finished him with a rear naked choke in round four.

That original bout was widely considered the fight of the year in 2011. Bellator president Bjorn Rebney would take it a step further.

“I’ve been cageside for more live fights than almost anyone on the planet,” said Rebney. “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.”

The Rampage vs. Tito main event pits former UFC light heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Tito Ortiz against each other.

Chandler has won three consecutive bouts since upsetting Alvarez in 2011. His most recent fight was a 44-second knockout of David Rickels at Bellator 97 on July 31.

“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 Nov. 2, my hand will be raised and the belt will be around my waist.”

Alvarez has won both of his post-Chandler bouts by knockout, defeating Shinya Aoki and Patricky Freire.

Following the Freire knockout, however, Alvarez was mired in an ugly contract negotiation that pitted Bellator against the UFC. Had he not come to terms with Bellator, Alvarez was staring another year or two on the sidelines before the legal wrangling would have weaved its way through the judicial system.

He instead made the move to resign with Bellator to try and avenge the loss that still haunts him.

“I still lose sleep over my loss to Chandler, and I want it off my record,” Alvarez remarked. “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 Nov. 2.”

Rebney has stated that there will be several Bellator title bouts on the Rampage vs. Tito fight card – the promotion’s first foray into the pay-per-view realm – but has yet to reveal any of the other fights.

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  • Maddawgmar

    Okay, one good fight. Still not interested. Who else do they got?

    • Mark McDowall

      They’re probably going to put King Mo in there against some no one…and Im sure Askiren will be there too.

      • Maddawgmar

        Right but no interesting fights. One fight, a card does not make.i see them two fighting 5 times. No matter who wins the other will breeze through the tournament and face the other again. They can split 10 fights easily. 5 wins 5 losses against each other.

        • Mark McDowall

          Agreed! They are very evenly matched and the rest of the division is a joke.

  • fsunoles10

    this is really disappointing, there was so many great fights to be had for alvarez in the ufc. they only have 1 or 2 fights for him there.

    • Chris Huber

      Bellator should be grateful they have Ed back & treat him with the respect & dignity he deserves & then some. They shouldn’t trap their fighers like that. Bad way for Bellator to go about their business that way. Shame on them

    • Oswald Cobblepott

      He’s a bum

  • octawhat

    Chandler Vs Alvarez should be headlining the PPV. This is an amazing fight – and one of the most intriguing match-ups for an organization not named the UFC.

    After the silliness of the Ortiz vs Rampage matchmaking, it seems that Bellator are going to stack the undercard for the hardcore fans.

    If Bellator are smart they will match-up Askren with a top welter. The only problem is that the UFC has a monopoly on that division. The only available talents (Top 30) are Fitch, Burkman (after his win over Fitch) and Paul Daley.

    Unfortunately, Daley has Visa issues, so that scuppers a potential fight. Also, a fight with Fitch may turn into a terrible kickboxing fight if both utilize anti wrestling tactics.

    • TheCerealKiller

      I would love to see Fitch fight Ashren. I don’t think Ben could wrestle hump him for 5 rounds. Too bad he is signed with SWOF.

      • Maddawgmar

        I still see Askren humping Fitch. If Maia can Askren can. No other match they can make is interesting. Askren v. Who? King Mo is average at best. LHW division and MW division is a joke. I won’t pay to see this PPV unless they pull a rabbit out of their ass. This is why I would like to see cross organization promoting. Askren v. R. MacDonald. Pat Curran v. Cub Swanson. Duantas v. Faber. Never will happen but would be interesting to see.

        • TheCerealKiller

          The NFL doesn’t play CFL teams.

          • Maddawgmar

            Apples and oranges buddy. That’s pros v semi pro. Look at Boxing. You get WBA champs v IBF champs. Etc. I know it will never happen but think about it. Askren has not been tested and as long as he is in Bellator he won’t be. Alvarez and Chandler are huge talents but their only threat are each other. If they could fight top contenders or champions elsewhere (UFC) we could see who truly is the best. WEC was considered less talented yet look at guys like Bendo and Condit. Aldo and Pettis. To guy in the UFC. Unless UFC buys Bellator or Bellator let’s them go these fights won’t happen.

          • Maddawgmar

            Top Guys in the UFC*

          • TheCerealKiller

            And how much boxing do any of us watch anymore? WEC was a farm league for the UFC, just like college sports are to the pros.

          • Maddawgmar

            I watch boxing all the time. And it still generate way more money than MMA. WEC was a farm league. You still missin camparisons. College are amateur players not pros. WEC was a pro organization. Top WEC guys were just as good as the top UFC guys. Just look at the proof. Do you think that Ben Askren or Chandler or Alvarez can be champions in the UFC right now? I think at least Chandler or Alvarez can? Askren might have the ability to hold down GSP, don’t think he would but maybe. We will never know.

          • JDMMA

            3 of WEC champs are still UFC champs (Cruz, Aldo, Henderson)

          • fsunoles10

            the minor league baseball system in place would have been a bit better comparison but whatever.

      • octawhat

        I wonder if he signed an exclusive contract with them?

      • #1mmafan.

        #1) Askren not Ashren! #2)WSOF not SWOF! Just sayin’

        • TheCerealKiller

          Holy butt hurt! You really care about the spelling of some irrelevant ass clown named Assren? Thanks for your wonderful addition to the conversation. WTFSeries of Fighting has nobody we need to care about either. #1 fan my ass.

          • #1mmafan.

            Life is full of correction, take it like a man. Speak for yourself and please don’t use the word WE when referring to what others may or not care about. As for #1 fan, I don’t ride the UFC only train. There are other organizations out there that offer great fights. It’s like the so-called NFL die hard fan that never watches college ball so he or she has no idea of who they got in the draft. When those up and comers enter the UFC one day, you and people like yourself wont have a clue of who they are unless you get ALL your info from mma websites. You’re missing out. Try broadening your horizons instead of staying trapped in the UFC ONLY zone!

          • TheCerealKiller

            I do watch the WSOF, I did watch PRIDE, I still watch Bellator (big War Machine fan), Affliction was a roster of PRIDE guys, but I just don’t have time to take it any further. We’ll see how many of “we” buy the Bellator PPV.

          • fsunoles10

            although i kinda agree with the point you were making who watches the nfl but not college? thats absurd, college has a lot more passion and a lot more emotion in general. them kids are playing as hard as they possibly can for a) a spot on a nfl roster or b) cuz they know they will never have a chance to throw on the pads again. but askren would out wrestle fitch like it wasnt s***, that dudes control is nuts.

  • TheCerealKiller

    This makes it a $20 card, but still nowhere near the $35-$50 they will be asking.

    • Ian Price

      Yeah I’d pay maybe $30. But that’s a stretch.

  • natman2939

    I think it’s just plain sad that the main event of bellator’s ppv is between two fighters who are both has-beens and have both LOST their last 3 fights in a row. Somehow that’s the main event over Eddie vs Chandler? you actually want to compete with the UFC by promoting their old stars?

  • shakejunt

    definitely disappointed, but at least ufc lw is one of the deeper divisions.

  • Chris M

    stupid decision by alverez !

    • Mark McDowall

      In terms of advancing his career yes, but financially im sure they are paying him an ass load of money now. Theres no way you would just drop a law suit and resign unless it was a PHAT deal. I think they saw all the negativity that is coming from the asking price of the PPV and had to do anything they could to bring some sort of interest to it…

      • Timothy Malone

        I also wonder if it made the legal challenge more difficult. That is the UFC could argue their contract was better because it offered PPV profit sharing, so Bellator now offers the same thing.

  • Chris M

    you got be joking if ppl are paying for bellator! who is spending $30 on 2 washed up stars and 1 star who made a bad decision to stay with bellator!

    • Jay Magallon

      I think I might have to give this PPV a shot. The event does interest me, and while I love watching UFC events, I’ve never liked the idea of their strangle hold on mma.

      • Jay Magallon

        But no way in hell am I paying 40 or more.

  • Edpo21

    I’m so disappointed right now. I understand Eddie wants to fight and make money, but now we are gonna see Eddie vs Chandler fight until they both retire. It’s also a shame that the headline will be two UFC has beens.

  • Timothy Malone

    Bellator continues to alienate me as a fan. Their ENTIRE premise as always been “title shots are earned, not given.” Every former champion has had to win another tournament to get back their belt. Alvarez shouldn’t be any different, even if its a four-man tournament like they had to do to try to ensure King Mo made it.

  • Oswald Cobblepott

    Alvarez is not a top tier fighter and will be finished once again

  • AXE MURDERER

    I always wanted to see Alvarez v Edgar when they were both champs or Gil as well. O well we”ll never know! We could of had Alvarez v Josh Thomson and Chandler v Bendo or Pettis! Damm U Bellator!!! Lool