The contract squabble with Eddie Alvarez and Bellator MMA is finally over. Alvarez and Bellator MMA have agreed to a new contract and Alvarez will get a chance to avenge his only loss in the organization, as he will face lightweight champion Michael Chandler in the co-main event of Bellator MMA’s first PPV at Bellator 106 on November 2.
Alvarez and Chandler met in November of 2011 in what a lot of people thought was the best of 2011, with Chandler stopping Alvarez in the fourth round to become the Bellator MMA lightweight champion. Since then Chandler has remained undefeated and defended his title on two occasions. Chandler feels very confident heading into the rematch.
“Without sounding too disrespectful, when I fought Eddie the first time in 2011, I didn’t even know what it meant to be an MMA fighter,” Chandler said. “Two years later, I’ve grown so much as a mixed martial artist, and there isn’t a doubt in my mind on November 2nd, my hand will be raised and the belt will be around my waist. I have full confidence that I can take this fight wherever I want, whenever I want because I didn’t even show much of my wrestling in that last fight and I was able to beat him just with my standup. My ground game has always been there, and I’ve taken my striking to a whole new level since the last time we met. I feel like I have more experience under my belt, I’m wiser, stronger, and have had so much time in the gym trying to become the best fighter I can be.”
Eddie Alvarez and Bellator had been in a contract dispute since October of 2012 with Bellator MMA allegedly matching the offer the UFC made to Alvarez. But Alvarez had disputed that Bellator MMA had matched every term of the deal, especially in regards to Bellator MMA being able to put on a PPV since the organization had never done a PPV show.
The former lightweight champion says he is ready to regain his title on November 2.
“I still lose sleep over my loss to Chandler, and I want it off my record,” Alvarez remarked. “This was a long process, but at the end of the day I’m back with Bellator and I’m happy to get back in the cage. I really believe everything happens for a reason, and at the end of the day my family and I are happy, and I’m ready to get my belt back on November 2nd.”
Bellator 106 takes place on November 2 from the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California. The main event of the event is Rampage Jackson facing off with Tito Ortiz.
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