Good news everyone!
Actually, I'm not really sure if it's good news but it's definitely news. One of the best rivalries in mixed martial arts (MMA) will be settled in 2014 on pay-per-view (PPV) when Eddie Alvarez looks to defend his Bellator Lightweight title against Michael Chandler.
The two have fought twice before, with Chandler defeating Alvarez at Bellator 58 to become the new lightweight champion. That bout was considered by most to be the best fight of 2011.
Fans were nearly denied a second meeting, when Alvarez attempted to sign with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A legal battle ensued and Bellator and its former champion appeared to be on the outs. Fortunately for all parties, they were able to reach an agreement and Alvarez re-signed with the promotion.
The rematch was originally scheduled to be the co-main event of Bellator's first attempt at PPV. "Attempt" is the qualifier as the card, Bellator 106, was instead aired free on Spike TV when Tito Ortiz was forced from his bout with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson due to injury.
Chandler and Alvarez were given top billing and saved a largely disappointing card. They stood in the pocket and traded punches for fight rounds, with both men left bloodied and exhausted. The judges saw the bout in Alvarez's favor, awarding him a split decision and the lightweight title.
MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani spoke with Alvarez about his upcoming bout with Chanlder and the champ broke some news. The bout will go down on PPV sometime this year, though a date has yet to be announced. Alvarez also spoke about former Bellator Welterweight champion Ben Askren, who was critical of Alvarez during his legal battle.
So what say you Maniacs? Will you be ordering a Bellator PPV? Or is there just not enough room left in a very crowded PPV market?