If you said ‘meh’ to watching last night’s Bellator 106 card, and more specifically Michael Chandler-Eddie Alvarez II, then you likely know by now you made a huge mistake. Although the other title fights didn’t produce much in the way of thrills, Chandler and Alvarez once again delivered an instant classic as many folks predicted (you can watch their first fight here).
So, considering that Alvarez and Chandler have defeated each other once, and that they’re arguably Bellator’s best two fighters, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out a rubber match is coming. Now if you’re hoping that you won’t have to shell out any cash to watch Alvarez-Chandler III, however, prepare to be disappointed. When asked after the event if Alvarez-Chandler III is headed to pay-per-view, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney responded with this zinger (comment via MMA Junkie.com):
“Not unless I have my brains removed,” said Rebney. “I mean, please. How could you not?”
Since both Alvarez and Chandler were clearly battered and bloodied after the bout, however, it remains to be seen when the scrap might happen.
“I think part of the magic that they were able to create tonight was based on the fact that Ed had a long period off and was able to heal and recreate what he does,” Rebney said. “Michael got a lot of time off, and Michael had a couple of title defenses, but they were short-order title defenses (in which) he took no damage. But [the rematch is] the kind of fight that you’re going to need to take some time off. Once they’re both back at 120 percent, there’s nothing in the way of doing No. 3.”
It will be interesting to see what kind of ratings last night’s event drew for SPIKE, and whether the buzz the bout seems to be generating translates to higher ratings for Bellator in the coming weeks.
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