As you almost certainly know, Bellator’s card tomorrow in Long Beach, California has gone from being “Rampage vs. Tito” and the promotion’s first dip into PPV waters, to “Chandler-Alvarez II”, live and free on SPIKE. While of course, no one wants to see a fighter get injured like Ortiz did, but a lot of folks are happy they won’t have to shell out 50 bucks to see Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez throw down for a second time. A big reason why is because their first scrap in 2011 was ridiculously entertaining, and both guys are world class lightweights.
Interestingly enough, Alvarez is saying that he saw this coming all along, and figured his rematch with Chandler was destined to be the headliner. While speaking to MMA Junkie.com recently, the former champ relayed:
“What did I think? ‘I told you so.’ That’s what I thought,” Alvarez said. “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.”
As Alvarez noted, it’s certainly not surprising, as the 38 year-old Ortiz has battled injuries for years. As far as Jackson, however, he’s been saying lately he’s never felt better thanks to having his knees repaired.
At any rate, tomorrow’s main event is certainly a huge bout, as the winner could hold the position as the planet’s best 155ér, not currently signed to the UFC. In addition, Bellator 106 will also see featherweight champ Pat Curran battle Daniel Strauss, “King Mo” Lawal fight Emanuel Newton for the interim light-heavyweight title, and Mike Bronzoulis fight Joe Riggs in the “Fight Master” finale. That’s quite the free card no?
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