Bellator lightweight champion Mike Chandler looks like he will be one of the promotion's top talents. Now he's about to get what should be his sternest test to date as his next fight will be against the man he won the belt from, Eddie Alvarez.
Chandler-Alvarez II was announced today as the co-feature for the first ever Bellator pay-per-view, which will take place on November 2 in Long Beach. That card is topped by the light heavyweight showdown between former UFC champions Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Tito Ortiz, but purists are sure to be more excited by the potential of the lightweight rematch.
That's because the first meeting between the two men was a thriller, with both men doing damage with strikes before Chandler was able to take Alvarez's back following a knockdown and get him to tap out halfway through Round 4. Chandler has already gone on record as saying a second fight would be the biggest one in Bellator history, giving fans even more reason to look forward to it.
Alvarez will enter the fight off of a 13-month period of inactivity, easily the longest of his professional career. His contract status was the main reason, as he signed a deal with the UFC only to see Bellator exercise a clause in his previous contract allowing it to match those terms and keep him in the fold. Legal maneuvers followed, but the 29-year-old is back for the time being.
Chandler is now signed long term, and undoubtedly has confidence after a pair of successful title defenses. However the fight turns out, it's a boon to Bellator to have it made, and should increase interest in the PPV among those who feel Jackson and Ortiz are washed up.
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