Bjorn Rebney: Eddie Alvarez contract allows him to skip Will Brooks fight in favor of Michael Chandler rematch

You must choose ... but choose wisely!

"The reality of the Ed situation, is that Ed's contract specifies that his next fight would be against Michael Chandler. So Ed, now, is in a position where he can choose to fight Chandler and contractually, we have to give him the Chandler fight after he beat Chandler the first time. Or alternatively, look, you saw what Will Brooks did today. It's a situation that we'll have to sit down and discus with Ed and figure out where it goes, because he's got paperwork and a contract that gives him the right to demand a Chandler fight. Now it all boils down to contract language. It puts us in a difficult spot. We'll see what Ed's position is and try to work through it."

Well that's a fine how-do-you-do. Michael Chandler lost to Will Brooks at the Bellator 120 pay-per-view (PPV) event last Saturday night (May 17, 2014) in Southaven, Mississippi (recap), but may still wind up with a title shot against Eddie Alvarez. That's because promotion head cheese Bjorn Rebney (via MMA Junkie) revealed that Alvarez has a contract that guarantees him a rematch against Chandler in his next fight, which means "Ill" Will -- who won the interim strap in "The Magnolia State" (highlights here) -- could be left out in the cold if the concussed kingpin insists on a trilogy fight upon his return. That would leave the division with a champion, a number one contender, and an interim champion all floating around at the same time. I'm sure Alvarez will want to unify the titles after getting health back in order, but the idea of him sitting down with Rebney to discuss anything contract related gives me that sinking feeling. Can't imagine why.

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