Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler III To Headline First Bellator Pay-Per-View Event

January 20, 2014
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Michael Chandler vs Eddie AlvarezThe Bellator lightweight trilogy between champion Eddie Alvarez and former titleholder Michael Chandler will be a pay-per-view event.

“I’m fortunate to be the guy who is going to be able to put on Chandler vs. Alvarez 3 for the lightweight world title. It will be a pay-per-view event,” said Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney on a media conference call on Monday.

Chandler (12-1) defeated Alvarez by submission at Bellator 58 in November 2011 to capture the lightweight crown. Alvarez (25-3) avenged the loss and won back the belt at Bellator 106 by split decision.

“These two guys, the first fight that they had was the best fight I had ever seen live. The second fight they had was one of the best fights I’ve ever seen. Sometimes guys just match-up and stylistically they can not help but just give you pure magic when they enter the cage. These two guys are that,” said Rebney.

“That last performance that they had on November 2, it was heartwrenching. It was an unbelievable performance. We’re going to do the third fight. It will be a pay-per-view. The lightweight title will be on the line, and I can’t wait to see it,” added the Bellator CEO.

Bellator 106 was originally supposed to be a pay-per-view event, but was moved to Spike TV when headliner and former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz pulled out of the scheduled fight against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson due to neck injury. The trilogy between Alvarez and Chandler will be the promotion’s first time on pay-per-view, and the organization plans to use the same strategy on pricing that it did when planning Bellator 106.

“Price point-wise, we’re going to apply the same philosophy we did last time. We’re going to look to our affiliate partners around the country. We’re going to look to everybody from the Time Warner, the iN DEMANDs, the Direct TVs and the others and let them work with us as partners to determine the appropriate price point for it,” said Rebney. “You’ll see different price points around the country.

No date or venue was announced for the event, but it will take place this spring.

“We haven’t finalized the date yet, but it will be incredible,” said Rebney.

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  • TNT

    It won’t be incredible. Who else is gonna fight on the card. If Rampage or King Mo lose their next fight they will lose there co-main. Cheick Kongo won’t help sell a ppv. I’m honestly confused as to who Bellator thinks will pay for there ppv?

    • shakejunt

      stack the card with a couple titles and they’ll at least get viewership.

      • shawn_jhnstn@yahoo.com

        I truely hope no one is stupid enough by what this douche bag says and I really hope no one buys this. It’s a great organization when it’s free and they put on competitive fights not when the try to throw has beens down our throats and tell us how epic it’s gona be. Lmao

        • shakejunt

          your spelling is horrendous and you’ve missed my point entirely. if they put titles on the card, people will at least be interested and stream it.

      • shawn_jhnstn@yahoo.com

        I was saying the bellator guy is a douche bag n I hope no one buys this event. Atleast one more title fight would help but it still ain’t worth buying. And as far as the spelling comment come on man I know ur the spelling Nazi so don’t worry about spelling on these comment sections. I can’t see what I’m typing until I send it so sum misspelled words happen. Does that really make any difference? I guess if it does I’ll be more careful

  • TheCerealKiller

    Already saw this twice. No chance I would pay to see it a third time. What is Bjorn thinking that anyone would pay for this? You don’t have a PPV product. Just stop it already.

    • shakejunt

      they owe eddie a ppv fight, simple as that.

  • JDMMA

    Oh I can’t wait for this !!!….

  • Big Tuna

    Garbage.

  • https://twitter.com/BOlieeeve BOlieeeve

    lol notice how anything of Viacom (Spike TV) fails badly like TNA Wrestling (on Spike TV) barely draws a crowd and there One Night Only’s do really poor and there “big 4″ ppv’s barely do anything either and then there’s Bellator which is owned by Viacom and on Spike TV. they will probably flop doing PPV’s. they should just stick to doing a Free PV on Spike

  • Dickhurtz

    Hay now! How the heck can some of you tards act like we shouldn’t be excited for this fight . You are crazy ! I personally can’t wait . I understand the others fights not being excited for but both of these fighters could be champions of the ufc at one time or another and if you are to much of an idiot to see that then that’s your problems. For that fight alone I can not wait. What a fight !!!