Bellator continues to unveil their season 10 plans. Chief Exec Bjorn Rebney announced this week plans for a PPV event in the spring headlines by the 3rd meeting between Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler. The two men are 1-1 in their first two meetings, and each time they have met, the Bellator Lightweight title has changed hands, so look for this to be as close to a pick ‘em in a title fight as you are going to see in modern MMA. The location and exact date for the fight are not set, but after the cancellation of their first PPV event last November, you can expect Rebney to move forward cautiously, and the announcement of the fight is a major commitment on the part of Bellator.
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Bellator deserves credit for making the fight, as the 2nd match was a ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate between the two, and it is still in recent memory and something fans definitely want to see again.
The first matchup saw Alvarez as a favorite at the sportbooks as the champion, but for the second match it was the undefeated Chandler who was the betting favorite heading into the fight. After more than 8 round of fighting between the two, it is safe to say that the two men know each other pretty well. Both men are pretty evenly matched, with high activity rates, a good motor and good gas. Chandler broke through and stopped Alvarez their first time out by submitting him in Round 4, but Alvarez won a close split decision by outworking chandler in the later rounds.
Though Alvarez has not done it yet, he has the power in his hands to take out Chandler. Chandler has weathered a lot of punches however from Alvarez and he has not gone down.
If anything, the books will open with Alvarez as a very slight betting favorite, and the match is certainly worthy of watching, even on PPV. More than Bellator as a company, who after 10 seasons and 110 shows are still floundering in near anonymity with a roster with gaping holes in it, the two men, Alvarez and Chandler deserve credit for giving us a fight we want to watch.