Bellator is set to showcase their first ever pay-per-view card, which is actually a stacked card. One of the most intriguing and relevant fights on the card is a rematch between current lightweight champ Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez, who has been locked up in a contractor dispute with Bellator for well over a year now.
Both of these lightweights were able to put on Fight Of The Year back in 2011. In their first outing, Chandler and Alvarez went to war. It wasn’t until the fourth round that Chandler sunk in a rear-naked-choke, forcing Alvarez to tap and relinquish his lightweight crown. Now, Alvarez is free of his contract dispute at least for now, and he will be looking to get some revenge on Chandler, who has looked unstoppable as of late.
This rematch alone makes the Bellator pay-per-view worth it. Both will certainly bring out the best in each other yet again, and it has the makings to be one of the better rematches in MMA history. Chandler has been rolling through opponents as of late. He has demolished great fighters in Rick Hawn and David Rickels. Another win over Alvarez would be huge for his career, cementing his status as being one of the best lightweights in the world, regardless of promotion.
For Alvarez, this is his chance to come back in a big way after sitting out for more than a year from active MMA competition. After losing to Chandler, Alvarez was able to rattle off an impressive TKO win over Patricky Freire, proving Alvarez still has what it takes to compete at the highest level. A win over Chandler would be one of his biggest accomplishments, and it’s going to be interesting to see what adjustments he has made since their first outing.