Michael Chandler left Bellator 106 without the lightweight belt and his perfect record was gone. Eddie Alvarez used all five rounds to secure a split-decision win over Chandler, but the former champ isn’t complaining.
“It does stink that I’m not undefeated anymore,” said Chandler on MMA Junkie Radio. “It was great while it lasted, but it’s more about what my fight career means. It’s not about having a great record. It’s more about doing the right things and getting as much as I can out of this sport, and the wins and losses are going to take care of themselves.”
The lone defeat makes Chandler 12-1 with two title defenses. Before coming to Bellator in 2010, he made two appearances out of Strikeforce.
Alvarez returned after a long contract dispute with Bellator. His only defeat for the promotion came when he originally dropped the gold to Chandler.
There is talk of another fight to end the trilogy, but first they need medical clearance.