The Bellator pay-per-view debut is now taking form. The promotions most in-demand rematch has been made, and it comes after months of legal proceedings. We will finally see the return of the former poster-boy of Bellator, Eddie Alvarez as he looks to avenge his lone loss in the promotion to current champ and new poster-boy Michael Chandler. The bout will stand as a co-main event to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson versus Tito Ortiz on Nov. 2 in Long Beach, Calif.
“Every time we sat down to settle we got a little bit closer,” Alvarez suggested. “It wasn’t something that happened overnight. They didn’t come up with a dream deal that I had to take. Both of us were compromising a bit more every time we sat down to settle. It finally got to the stage where there was enough of a compromise for both parties to be able to be happy and move forward.” – ESPN
“This was an unpleasant situation,” Rebney said. “It’s good to put it behind us.”
It was 2011 when Chandler and Alvarez had their epic four-round war. It was a back-and-forth competitive match until the younger challenger was able to get the upset with a rear-naked choke submission. Following the loss, Alvarez would cap out his contract with two knockout finishes including top stars Shinya Aoki and Patricky Freire. Unfortunately that would start off a nightmare of legal battles over “matching” Alvarez’s UFC offer.
Eight months after his win over Alvarez, Chandler (12-0) still stands as the undefeated champion of the lightweight division at the age of 27. He has also looked to have no competitive battles since their showdown, taking out Judo Olympian Rick Hawn and a recent 0:44 second knockout of “Caveman” David Rickels.
“I’m the type of person that rarely does something wrong twice,” said Alvarez. “That night wasn’t my night. Come November it’ll be a different story.”