Michael Chandler doesn’t know if Eddie Alvarez will return to Bellator and be granted a rematch for the lightweight championship. If it happens, Chandler is ready.
While that is being decided, the champion is not overly concerned about running out of opponents.
“I consider myself the top guy whether he’s here or not,” said Chandler to MMA Mania. “I wasn’t made aware of any type of rematch on pay-per-view, but if he stays, I have no problem fighting him again. If he goes, there’s still plenty of work to do in my division.”
Alvarez and Bellator are currently in the middle of a lawsuit that centers on the former champion resigning with the promotion or leaving for the UFC. Bellator matched the UFC’s offer, but Alvarez doesn’t seem to think the contracts are the same. That has led them to the courtroom with no final decision made.
Chandler defeated Alvarez at Bellator 58 to win the title in what was called Fight of the Year. It was Alvarez’s only Bellator loss, which he avenged with back-to-back knockouts last year. Chandler has defended the strap once, taking a second round submission on the first Bellator show on Spike TV in the middle of January.
Bellator is currently in the middle of their Season 8 lightweight tournament to decide who meets Chandler next.