When the sun rose Tuesday morning (Aug. 13), mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion Bellator MMA had its first pay-per-view (PPV) card scheduled to take place in its own backyard at the Long Beach Arena in California on Nov. 2, 2013.
Today, Alexandra Robinson, the daughter of Blackzilians founder Glenn Robinson, released a sit-down interview with Alvarez discussing his Bellator/Viacom court debacle and how the end resolution came down to "compromise."
"Every relationship has its ups and downs, good, bad and ugly. I have had a longstanding relationship with Bellator and for the first time in this whole situation, I saw their side and they saw mine. They saw my point of view -- I saw theirs -- they put a good enough deal on the table to where I said 'Let's put this behind us and get in the cage again.'"
But has the time away from the cage stifled the career of the (24-3) Alvarez?
The Philadelphia native hasn't seen action since Oct. 2012 against Patricky Freire, not to mention the man he will go up against is arguably the face of the company. And Chandler (12-0) has been busy, most recently destroying David Rickels at Bellator 97.
All this makes for an encounter worth pining for. What should fans expect from the Blackzilian lightweight come Nov. 2?
"Violence. I have a rule that I tell all of my teammates -- who are worried about whether they will perform well -- I tell them, 'Look if you just go out there and be violent, nothing else will matter. If you just go out and be as violent as you can, people are going to want to watch and tune in.' So if I follow one rule, it's being violent and that's what I try to bring."
Both lightweights will come into this fight with a lot to prove: Alvarez with the burden of showing he is worth all the fuss given during his layoff, and Chandler tasked with proving his victory over the newest long-term Bellator signing was no fluke.
Regardless, MMA fans are in for a treat.