Bellator has added to their first pay-per-view a bout that is actually worth buying. Lightweight champion Michael Chandler will fight Eddie Alvarez in a rematch of their thrilling bout in 2011. It will co-headline Bellator's Nov. 2 show with the fight between one-time UFC champions Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Tito Ortiz.
Alvarez has been on the shelf since October of 2012 because of a drawn-out contract battle with Bellator. When his contract ended, he wanted to go to the UFC. This turned into a court battle based on Bellator's right to match any offer given to him by another promotion. With the battle behind them, Alvarez told USA Today he is ready to move on.
"I couldn't be happier right now," Alvarez said. "We've been trying to settle since the very beginning of this. We were able to compromise and put it behind us. I'm happy to put my name on the dotted line and move forward with my career."
Jackson and Ortiz are both 0-3 in their last three fights, so while they are both big names, their bout is not a guaranteed thriller. This isn't so with Chandler-Alvarez. Their 2011 bout was an exciting back and forth bout that ended with a fourth-round submission win for Chandler.
"There's a lot of people out there that feel the first fight was one of the best fights they've seen in their entire lives," Chandler said to ESPN. "So whenever you have a fight like that, a rematch is always going to be very interesting."
Since that win, Chandler has defended the belt three times. Every win has come by stoppage. He is 12-0, with only two wins coming by decision. After losing to Chandler, Alvarez won with first-round knockouts of Shinya Aoki and Patricky Freire.
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