Bellator lightweight king Eddie Alvarez has fought his heart out against nemesis Michael Chandler twice already, and because both bouts were the epitome of “crowd-pleasing battles”, the Philadelphia-born slugger gets to do it all over again – this time on the near-mythical Bellator pay-per-view that’s been promised will happen.
Here’s Alvarez talking to Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting about the match-up being on pay-per-view:
“You know what? We weren’t able to do the first one on pay-per-view, and I definitely want to headline a pay-per-view card, and we get an opportunity to do that. What better way to do that than have one of the best trilogies in MMA history? Why not fight the guy three times, four times, five times? I don’t care. It’s a hell of a fight every time.”
Does Alvarez believe Chandler deserves another crack at the belt?
“I’m not going to play matchmaker or play promoter. Mike’s a hell of a champion, it was a close fight, and fans have their own opinions on who won, who didn’t win. Let’s do it again and figure it out.”
When the two first met in the cage at Bellator 58 on November 19, 2011, Alvarez was the incumbent champ; he lost via rear naked choke in the fourth round in what was clearly one of the top ten best fights of the year. The two repeated that feat with another barnburner at Bellator 106 on November 2, 2013. At this point it’s practically a given that Alvarez vs. Chandler III will be a thrillfest. The only real question is if that Bellator pay-per-view event – which was what Bellator 106 was supposed to be – will ever materialize. Otherwise, the two will be doing their thing once more on cable TV.