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Michael Chandler willing to give Eddie Alvarez a rematch on one condition – win a tournament

Few fans can forget the fantastic fight between Bellator lightweights Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez last November. The bout saw Chandler emerge as divisional champion after more than four rounds of back-and-forth action eventually gave way to an evening-ending submission attempt.

In many organizations the outcome would have resulted in an immediate rematch considering how closely contested the fight was before the finish in addition to the entertainment value involved. However, Bellator’s contendership structure combined with only having a single scrap remaining on his deal have left Alvarez in a difficult position where he would have to sign a new contract, then win three tournament tilts, if hoping to get a second crack at Chandler.

Adding to the conundrum is the fact Chandler, who recently spoke about the issue on Rebellion MMA Radio, doesn’t appear interested in making an exception for Alvarez or helping him lobby for the Bellator brass to do so instead.

“I don’t need another fight. I can’t really ask for more than finishing somebody. Obviously it was a war and that’s the cool thing about fighting, you can call it a war, but at the end of the day if someone got finished it’s over,” said Chandler of another outing against Alvarez, adding, “It wasn’t like someone just got caught with something like a punch or a slick submission. It was me finishing a fight that could’ve gone either way if I was prepared to let it go the other way, but for my personal feelings I’m not interested in a rematch.”

“At this point I just want to fight who Bellator puts in front of me,” Chandler continued, talk turning to his future. “If Eddie stays with Bellator and everything goes according to that plan then I’m down to rematch obviously.”

Chandler’s next test will come against Rick Hawn later this year and then likely another non-title fight at some point while the organization crowns another top challenger in a fall tournament.


  • Dufresne says:

    If Chandler is willing to fight a non-contender after his next match, assuming he beats Rick Hawn, why not fight Alvarez then? That way he doesn’t have to worry about losing his belt and it guarantees the fans get to see this fight instead of having to wait for the end of a tournament that Alvarez might not win. And if Chandler loses the belt to Hawn, I don’t see there being a problem with making the rematch then.

  • Lord Faust says:

    Chandler’s most likely trying to be a company guy here. Bellator seems to have zero interest in wavering in their stance that you need to win a tournament to fight for one of their titles.

    Plus, Eddie is a high-risk fight — why take that right away when he has a contender lined up and can make more money while Eddie re-establishes himself.

    He also makes a good point: there’s no controversy over who won their first fight. The only reason anyone thinks Eddie deserves a rematch is they just really like Eddie and want him to take the belt back.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    I think them not wavering from their stance is a good thing, it’s what sets them apart and makes them somewhat unique in the current MMA field.

  • MCM says:

    I gotta agree with all y’all. I like that to get the belt, you have to go through the tourney, but Duf is also right in that they can do a rematch without the belt on the line.
    And I don’t think anyone would be clamoring for a rematch if this fight took place in a different org. It’s not like Eddie was dominating the entire fight and Chandler pulled out a Hail Mary finish. It was a great fight (FOTY IMO), but it doesn’t need to be immediately repeated.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Wasn’t it Eddie that said he wanted the rematch to be for the belt?


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