Eddie Alvarez Says He Expected His Fight Would be the Actual Main Event at Bellator 106
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 10.31.2013
He figured Tito Ortiz or Quinton Jackson would drop out from injury…
Bellator MMA fighter and former lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez recently spoke about his upcoming main event title bout with Michael Chandler for Bellator 106 on Saturday. According to Alvarez, he expected either Tito Ortiz or Quinton Jackson to fall out of the original event due to injury to allow his rematch with Chandler to ultimately become the main event. Below are some highlights:
Alvarez's thoughts on Ortiz/Jackson falling out as the main event: "What did I think? 'I told you so.' That's what I thought. You can ask everyone at Bellator. That's what I thought in my own head. I told them all. I said, 'Me and Mike are going to be the main event.' As soon as they said we're co-main event to Tito and 'Rampage,' I told them we'd be the main event. I guaranteed them that. I knew in my head that Tito or 'Rampage,' one of them would not make it through their training camp. These are guys who have been in this sport so long. I've been in this sport long, and I have dings and I'm lucky to make it through a training camp. Tito's been plagued with injuries and it didn't take a genius to see that one coming."
Alvarez on what was on his mind when he lost to Chandler in their first fight: "I was broke. People who are rich don't think about money. It was the first time in my career I was fighting thinking about, 'If I don't win, what will happen next?' I concentrated way too much on the win, and it showed poorly. I'm over that point in my life…I'm not talking about money. I'm here to fight. I ain't saying nothing about contracts, money, none of that. Call my manager if you want to talk about that. I'm feeling good right now. Don't make me feel bad."
Alvarez on his current relationship with Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney: "I don't see him, he doesn't see me. Bjorn's Bjorn. He does his job, I do my job. We don't need to like each other. Everybody's like, 'Are you friends with him? Do you talk?' We don't need to be friends. He needs to be a promoter, and I need to be a fighter, and that's all that matters. No, (I haven't spoken to him), and I don't care to, either."
Alvarez on his plan against Chandler in the rematch: "The idea is to demoralize him to the point there is no rematch. That's the idea in my mind. I want to go after this fight in a manner that tops all other performances and really get out there and push it and take it to him, where the fans or the promoters won't see a rematch in mind. That's my idea. That's what I trained for and that's what I prepared for."