It’s about time! The contract dispute between Bellator MMA and their former lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez (24-3) has finally come to an end. Better yet, neither side will be wasting anytime, because Alvarez has already signed his first fight. Alvarez will be getting a rematch with current Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler(12-0) at Bellator 106 which will be the California’s based promotions first ever PPV event. It was in November of 2011 at Bellator 58 where these two lightweights clashed in one of the most epic battles in the history of the promotion. Chandler ended up securing a rear-naked choke in the fourth round to become the Bellator lightweight champion. Since then, Chandler has continued to finish everyone of his fights, including two title defenses and one super fight. Chandler finished Akihiro Gono via TKO, submitted Rick Hawn, and just about two weeks ago he knocked David Rickels out cold. Chandler has proven he deserves the title of champion, but the rematch with Alvarez will be no easy task.
Eddie Alvarez has been out of the cage since October due to the contract situation, but was still training at the Blackzilians the entire time. Alvarez rebounded after his lost with Chandler by defeating Shinya Aoki in Chicago Illinois at Bellator 66 via TKO. Alvarez then added on to that win by defeating Patricky “Pitbull” Freire back in October of 2012. It was about time this problem settled between Bellator and Alvarez, it looks like the PPV may have helped both sides speed up thing up and look for a solution.The re-match between Alvarez and Chandler is a great match-up and could possibly be one of the most anticipated bouts in the history of Bellator MMA. This fight will likely co-headline on November 2nd at Bellator 106, which takes place at California’s Long Beach Arena.