Bellator 106: Michael Chandler vows to finish Eddie Alvarez in a non-entertaining title fight

Esther Lin

Deja vu all over again? Not if Michael Chandler has his way on Nov. 2, 2013.

In 2011, Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez put on one of the most exciting fights of the year during their lightweight title fight at Bellator 58.

During their four-and-a-half round war, Chandler and Alvarez exchanged vicious strike after strike before Michael choked out "Silent Assassin" halfway through the fourth frame, capturing the Bellator 155-pound strap and keeping his mint record intact.

And as they make the final preparations for their much-anticipated rematch, which goes down this weekend (Nov. 2, 2013) at Bellator 106, Chandler, for one, tells fans not to expect a repeat back-and-forth performance like the one they witnessed two years ago because he plans on finishing the fight much sooner.

And while Bellator's marketing department won't be happy to hear this, Chandler says this fight won't be as entertaining as their first encounter.

He explained his comment during his recent appearance on "The MMA Hour:"

"In my mind, with my confidence, there is no doubt that I am going to finish him. And it's not going to be as entertaining as the last time, hopefully. My goal is that it is not as entertaining as the last time. Unfortunately for the fans, but the goal is to get in there and show you how much I have improved over the last two years. I watched that first fight and I see a lot of mistakes. I think my speed and my power, just my overall cage awareness has gotten a lot better. I want to go out there and put my hands on him, put the pressure on him and not let him breath for however many minutes we're in there and get the finish."

Their 155-pound title fight was bumped up from co-main event status to the headlining bout after Tito Ortiz was forced out of his light heavyweight bout against Quinton Jackson thanks to a neck injury.

But blame Bellator for cancelling the fight, not "The People's Champion."

As a result, the event -- which was set to be the Viacom-owned company's first-ever foray into the pay-per-view (PPV) business -- will now be broadcast for free on Spike TV.

Furthermore, the fight will mark Eddie's first mixed martial arts (MMA) bout in over a year following his year-long battles with Bellator, so ring rust may play a factor as he attempts to reclaim his strap against the undefeated (12-0) Chandler.

What say you Maniacs, anyone expect the same result when Alvarez and Chandler lock horns this weekend for the second time? Or can Eddie prove that he's still one of the best 155-pound fighters in the world by reclaiming his strap?

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