Bellator MMA Announces Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler III as Headliner for Inaugural PPV Event on May 17
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 03.01.2014
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Bellator MMA has officially announced that the third lightweight title bout between Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler will take place on May 17, live on PPV. It will be Bellator's first PPV event.
Previously, Bellator 106 was set to be the first Bellator PPV event last November. However, those plans were cancelled after the original headliner for the card, a bout between former UFC champions Quinton Jackson and Tito Ortiz, was scrapped at the last minute due to an injury for Ortiz. The fight card was instead moved to Spike TV.
Chandler and Alvarez first fought at Bellator 58, which saw Chandler submit Alvarez to win the title. Alvarez regained the belt in the main event at Bellator 106 when he won a five-round split decision.
Speaking on the announcement, Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney stated: "These two warriors have produced the two best fights I have ever seen, and on May 17th, two of the greatest lightweights on the planet will close out the best trilogy in MMA. I'm excited to be headlining the first Bellator Pay-Per-View, and just excited to get back in there," Chandler said. "I'm going to bring the fight like always, and I'm not going to leave any doubt that I'm one of the best lightweights in the world. Whenever you suffer your first loss, you want that chance to avenge that defeat, and I have that opportunity on May 17th."
Alvarez said on the fight: "Like every fight, you are only as good as your last performance. I always go out and try to put out the best performance possible, and that's what I'm going to do May 17th. Mike and I have a long history together, and everyone knows what type of battles we've had, but I'm training in a manner that should end the fight quickly. I want a fast, quick fight that is going to keep me as Bellator Champion."