Michael Chandler Looking to the Past to Plan Against Eddie Alvarez
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 05.04.2014
He's ready for the latest fight in their rivalry...
Michael Chandler recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Eddie Alvarez at Bellator 120. Check out the highlights:
On learning from his previous fights with Alvarez: "To a certain extent you have to look back because history is the best indication of the future sometimes. A lot of constants are going to be the same with him when I step in the cage. It's going to be fast paced – at least one guy trying to take the other guy's head off. We both have great cardio, great skills. It's just a matter of who is going to win the positions. I just need to tweak a few things."
On his last fight with Alvarez: "I think the biggest disappointment in the last fight wasn't the way the decision went. It wasn't how the fight played out. It was just the fact I didn't show how good of a fighter I truly am."
On Alvarez's win in that fight: "He made some adjustments and had a good game plan. That game plan was just to avoid the fight at all costs unless he really saw himself able to do some damage. He was backing up the entire fight. I think that's what he thinks is his ‘blueprint.' He's telling everyone he's got the blueprint to beat Michael Chandler."
On going for a finish in this fight: "He didn't really take a forward step many times in that fight. His game plan was to back up and pot shot with little jabs. Lucky for him I didn't care that I was getting hit and kept coming forward. He was able to land some punches, and that was the story of the fight. It was me chasing him around for 25 minutes. I go into the third fight expecting a blend of Eddie in the first fight and Eddie in the second fight. But I'm expecting him to show up like the second fight, so I'm tailoring my game plan more toward that. I'm excited to get in the cage and avenge this loss and hopefully finish him."