Fight fans or better said Bellator fans, you have been granted your wish. The trilogy fight between Eddie Alvarez (25–3) and Michael Chandler (12-1) has been announced for the May 17 on pay-per-view.
Bellator’s CEO Bjorn Rebney said the following on Spike TV during last night’s season premiere about the fight announcement:
“When you put two of the greatest fighters on Earth in the cage together sometimes you get artistic majestry,” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said during the announcement during Friday’s Bellator 110.
“I think me and my team created a blueprint, a way to figure out Mike Chandler. I think we’ll leave up to his guys to make the adjustments,” Alvarez said.
So this is how the past fights have gone. At Bellator 58 in November 19, 2011 was where the first two meet for the first time. It was Michael Chandler defeating Eddie Alvarez with a rear naked choke win in the fourth round.
Between the time from their first and second fight this is how their records go:
Michael Chandler went on a three fight winning streak against Akihiro Gono (1st RD KO)Rick Hawn (Submission 2nd RD)and then David Rickels (1st RD KO)
Eddie Alvarez went on a two fight win streak with a first round knockout to Shinya Aoki and a technical knockout win over Patricky Freire.
After these fighters were on a roll, they put the fight together for a second time.
In their second fight at Bellator 106 it was Eddie Alvarez defeating Michael Chandler via split decision and that fight happened last year in November. Now remember that was supposed to be a PPV card, but due to Tito Ortiz pulling out of his fight with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Bellator just put the card on free TV.
Both fighters have not fought since November and that is a heck of a lay off in my opinion.
The last fight left a bitter taste in my mouth. I’m excited to do it again,” Chandler said. “It’s a chance of redemption for myself.”
Though no official location has been announced, Bellator officials did say that the site for the May 17 pay-per-view had been narrowed down to San Diego and Memphis. RUMORS are going around that the “Rampage” and King MO fight will be on that card as well.