In a fight nearly two years in the making, Bellator
lightweight champion Michael Chandler will put his title on the line against former Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez live November 2nd on pay-per-view. Their world title fight is officially the co-main event of the evening, with MMA superstars Rampage Jackson and Tito Ortiz headlining the event.
Both Chandler and Alvarez are ranked in the Top-10 at 155 pounded, with their 2011 Fight Of The Year bout
, which Chandler won by submission to claim the world title, helping propel them further into the limelight.
"I've been cageside for more live fights than almost anyone on the planet," Bellator CEO & Chairman Bjorn Rebney said. "Without question, Chandler vs. Alvarez was the best MMA fight I've ever seen. I'm excited to be able to deliver this rematch to MMA fans. It's been a long time coming and we've had to jump over a lot of hurdles to get this done, but from the day we announced our PPV I promised fans that this card was going to be the deepest we've ever done, and we are well on our way. This is just the start."
Chandler continues to exceed expectations in the Bellator cage and has already defended his belt twice in 2013, submitting Rick Hawn
in January and demolishing David Rickels with a 44 second knockout
in July. The world champion holds a perfect 13-0 record.
"Without sounding too disrespectful, when I fought Eddie the first time in 2011, I didn't even know what it meant to be an MMA fighter," Chandler said. "Two years later, I've grown so much as a mixed martial artist, and there isn't a doubt in my mind on November 2nd, my hand will be raised and the belt will be around my waist. I have full confidence that I can take this fight wherever I want, whenever I want because I didn't even show much of my wrestling in that last fight and I was able to beat him just with my standup. My ground game has always been there, and I've taken my striking to a whole new level since the last time we met. I feel like I have more experience under my belt, I'm wiser, stronger, and have had so much time in the gym trying to become the best fighter I can be."
After dropping his belt to Chandler in 2011, Alvarez posted consecutive knockout victories in 2012 over longtime rival Shinya Aoki
, as well as a devastating head kick KO
victory against Patricky Pitbull. With a contract dispute between Bellator and Alvarez in the rear view and with both parties having agreed on a new deal, Alvarez is ready to step back in the cage and erase a loss that still haunts him.
"I still lose sleep over my loss to Chandler, and I want it off my record," Alvarez remarked. "This was a long process, but at the end of the day I'm back with Bellator and I'm happy to get back in the cage. I really believe everything happens for a reason, and at the end of the day my family and I are happy, and I'm ready to get my belt back on November 2nd."
Tickets for Bellator's November 2nd PPV "Rampage vs. Tito" are on sale now.