Last night at Bellator 106, fans witnessed yet another war between Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez. Their rematch could potentially be Fight Of The Year, which is a testament to the type of momentum swings there were in the bout. When it was all said and done, Alvarez walked away the new Bellator lightweight champ, but Chandler has nothing to feel bad about, as it was razor close. So, what’s next for both fighters and Bellator going forward?
This was a huge victory for Alvarez’s career, as he has battled with Bellator for around a year now, dealing with contract issues. He got his lightweight belt back, and certainly received a substantial amount of money from the win. This money will come in handy for his training and family, and it’s a great comeback story for Alvarez.
His next opponent is more than likely going to be Chandler, as it was negotiated that if Alvarez beat Chandler, there would be one more fight between the two. If Alvarez can beat Chandler again in the trilogy fight, he’s free from his Bellator contract, leaving the doors wide open for the UFC.
For Chandler, there is nothing to be ashamed of. He lost a close split decision, which many people, myself included, felt he did enough to get the nod. He landed more takedowns in the fight and was narrowly out struck on the feet. Still, the judges saw the bout in favor of Alvarez, giving Chandler his first loss in his career.
Chandler has the chance to recover from this fight and challenge Alvarez again to prove he is the better fighter. Alvarez and Chandler put on a fantastic show for the fans, and if there’s anything to take away for Chandler, it’s that he has the heart and grittiness of a champion. The next fight should be an instant classic yet again.