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Chandler vs Alvarez: Unfinished Business

Recount one of the greatest MMA fights in Bellator history as Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez break down their first battle. Experts and fans also discuss the rematch November 2nd.

[cheers and applause]

- CHANDLER-ALVAREZ I,

I DON'T CONSIDER ITTHE BEST FIGHT IN BELLATOR.

- BRING THAT [bleep]RIGHT UPPERCUT.

- WE'RE UP 2-1, MIKEY.

- I CONSIDER IT THE BESTMIXED MARTIAL ARTS FIGHT

I'VE EVER SEEN.

- OH, ALVAREZ IN ALL SORTSOF TROUBLE, TRYING TO HOLD ON.

- WHEN CHANDLER AND ALVAREZFOUGHT TWO YEARS AGO,

IT WAS WAS AN EPIC FIGHT.

- TROY WAUGH WAS SECONDS AWAYFROM STOPPING THIS FIGHT.

- THERE WERE MULTIPLE TIMESWHERE YOU SAID,

"I CAN'T BELIEVETHIS IS HAPPENING."

- BLOOD COMING OUT OF THE MOUTHOF THE CHAMPION, EDDIE ALVAREZ.

- THAT FIGHT WAS, LIKE, JUSTTWO WARRIORS JUST GOING AT IT.

IT WAS CRAZY.

- ANOTHER SPECTACULAR ROUNDIN THIS TRULY SPECTACULAR FIGHT.

- EDDIE ALVAREZ WAS THE FOCUS

OF THE 155-POUND DIVISIONIN BELLATOR.

HE WAS A TOP TEN GUY.

MICHAEL TOOK THAT SPOTLIGHT.

HE JUST TOOK IT,SHINED IT RIGHT ON HIMSELF.

- THE DECISION TO BE DEFEATEDWAS MADE BEFORE THEN.

YOU EITHER HAVE THE OPPORTUNITYTO BREAK,

OR YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITYTO DIG DEEPER.

- THAT'S ANASS[bleep] STATEMENT,

AND I'M GONNA MAKE HIM PAYFOR SAYING THAT.

- I WON THE BELT, AND,YOU KNOW, HE WANTS IT BACK.

WE GOT A FIGHTNOVEMBER 2ND.

- HE FOUGHT ME ON MY WORST NIGHTTHAT I'VE EVER HAD,

AND I DAMN NEAR BEAT HIM STILL.

IT'S GONNA BE HIGH-PACED,IT'S GONNA BE VIOLENT,

AND SOMETHING BIGIS GONNA HAPPEN.

male narrator:ON NOVEMBER 19, 2011,

IN HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA,

EDDIE ALVAREZ ENTEREDTHE BELLATOR CAGE

AS THE REIGNING CHAMPION

AND A TOP FIVE LIGHTWEIGHTIN THE WORLD.

HIS OPPONENT,MICHAEL CHANDLER,

THE UPSTART WITH JUSTEIGHT PRO FIGHTS TO DATE,

WAS GIVEN LITTLE CHANCE BY MOSTOUTSIDE OF HIS INNER CIRCLE.

- EVERY MEDIA OUTLET WAS SAYING,"ALVAREZ SHOULD WIN.

"ALVAREZ IS GONNA WIN.

ALVAREZ IS THE BEST."

NOT CHANDLER.

DOESN'T MATTERWHAT EVERYBODY ELSE THINKS.

IT'S WHAT CHANDLERHAD ALREADY CONVINCED HIMSELF

BEFORE HE GOT IN THEREWHAT I'M GONNA DO.

- I DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHINGABOUT MIKE CHANDLER,

DIDN'T KNOW WHERE HE CAME FROM,WHO HE WAS.

AND I JUST THOUGHTIT WAS ANOTHER SHEEP

GETTING FED TO THE LIONS,TO BE HONEST WITH YOU.

narrator: CHANDLER-ALVAREZ IWAS AN EPIC SEESAW BRAWL

THAT HAS LINKED THEIR NAMESIN BELLATOR HISTORY.

AND BEFORE THEY GO TO WAR AGAINON NOVEMBER 2ND,

THIS THRILLING BATTLEDEMANDED ONE MORE LOOK

FROM THE COMBATANTS.

- TONIGHT FOR THE BELLATORLIGHTWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP,

MICHAEL CHANDLER.

- HERE WE ARE AT THE BEGINNINGOF THE FIGHT.

I JUST WALKED OUT TO MY SONGMAINLY--KIND OF JUST ZONING OUT.

- I REMEMBERWHEN THEY ANNOUNCED HIM.

JUST LOOKING AT HIS HAIRKIND OF THREW ME OFF.

[laughs]

THAT WAVE WAS KIND OF FUNNY.

- AS SOON AS THAT BELL RINGS,

I WANT TO BEAT THE MIDDLE FIRST.

- FIGHT!

- THE BELLATOR IS UNDER WAY.

- IT WAS A SOLD-OUT HOUSE.IT WAS PACKED.

I THINK I WAS ONEOF THE FEW PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE

THAT ACTUALLY RECOGNIZEDWHAT COULD POTENTIALLY HAPPEN,

BUT BY THE TIME WE WERE ABOUT35 SECONDS INTO THAT FIGHT,

THAT WHOLE PERCEPTIONHAD CHANGED.

- CHANDLERIS IN THE BLACK TRUNKS.

- OH, HE GOT HIM!

- THE CHAMP, ALVAREZ,IS IN THE WHITE TRUNKS.

- HE HURT HIM BAD.- CHANDLER LETTING GO.

ALVAREZ IN ALL SORTS OF TROUBLE,TRYING TO HOLD ON.

- HOW DO YOU TRAIN FOR SOMETHINGLIKE THAT, YOU KNOW?

HE SURPRISED ME,

BUT I DO CATCH HIM REALLY HARDAND KIND OF STOP HIM.

- GOOD RIGHT HAND BY EDDIE.

- THIS PRESSURE THAT HE HAD,I JUST--I THOUGHT IT WAS,

"MAN, THIS IS REALLY TOUGHTO DEAL WITH,"

BUT I'M LIKE--IN MY BACK OF MY HEAD, I'M LIKE,

"THIS IS REALLY FOOLISH."

narrator: IT WAS A BARRAGETHAT ALMOST ENDED THE FIGHT

IN UNDER 30 SECONDS.

REFEREE TROY WAUGH HADA SPLIT-SECOND DECISION TO MAKE.

- I'M ALWAYS WATCHINGTHEIR EYES, HIS HEAD,

AND SO FORTH,HIS BODY MOVEMENTS.

HE DROPPED.

THAT'S WHEN I JUMPED IN,AND I WAS TRYING TO MAKE SURE

THAT HE WAS OKAYTO STOP THE FIGHT OR NOT,

AND AT THE SPLIT SECOND,HE BOUNCED BACK UP

AND JUST STARTEDWAYLAYING PUNCHES AGAIN.

- I MEAN, HE HAD NO RESPECTBEFORE WHO ALVAREZ WAS,

AND IT WAS JUST--THAT SET THE TONE.

FROM THAT POINT FORWARD,

I KNEW THAT FIGHT WAS JUST GONNABE A BARN BURNER FOR SURE.

narrator: ROUND ONEENDED THE WAY IT STARTED,

WITH CHANDLER CLIPPING EDDIEONE MORE TIME

TO PUNCTUATE A DOMINATINGFIRST FIVE MINUTES

FOR THE CHALLENGER.

- MAN!

UNBELIEVABLE ENDTO THAT FIRST ROUND.

I HAVEN'T SEEN A ROUND LIKE THATIN A LONG TIME.

- BEAUTIFUL, MIKE.

HEY, THAT JAB IS WORKING.

- STICK THAT JAB ON HIM.I NEED YOU TO MOVE.

HE'S HITTING YOU TOO OFTEN,TOO MUCH.

- I DON'T THINK EDDIE ALVAREZTOOK MICHAEL CHANDLER LIGHTLY.

I THINK HE DIDN'T REALIZETHE KIND OF OPPONENT

MICHAEL CHANDLER WAS.

HE THOUGHT,"TOUGH, HARD-NOSED WRESTLER,

"A LOT OF EXPLOSIVENESS,

GOT TO WORRYABOUT THE TAKEDOWN."

AND THEN HE GOT PUNCHEDIN THE FACE

BY A SHOT HE DIDN'T SEE.

SO I THINK, THAT FIRST ROUND,EDDIE WENT, "OH, [bleep]."

- AS SOON AS HE CAUGHT HIMWITH THAT PUNCH,

THEY WERE JUMPINGALL UP AND DOWN.

I COULD FEEL THEM BEHIND MEJUMPING.

YES, I WAS EXCITED.

IT WOULD HAVE BEEN GREATTO HAVE HIM STOP HIM RIGHT AWAY,

BUT I KNEW THAT, YOU KNOW,

IT'S GONNA TAKE A LOT MORETHAN THAT TO STOP EDDIE.

narrator: FOR ALVAREZAND HIS WIFE, JAMIE,

IT WAS A TERRIBLE STARTTO A FIGHT

IN WHICH SHE DIDN'T FEEL EDDIEWAS 100% READY GOING IN.

- THE NIGHTEVEN BEFORE THE FIGHT,

HE JUST WASN'T RIGHT.

HE JUST SEEMED REALLY DISTANT.

I EVEN CALLED HIS BROTHERAND SAID, "HE'S OFF.

SOMETHING'S NOT RIGHT."

- I WAS JUST THINKING TOO MUCH,

LIKE, EVEN RIGHT HERE.

AND BEFORE WE WENT OUT,

I THINK I GAVE HIMA LITTLE TOO MUCH CREDIT

GOING INTO THAT FIGHT.

INSTEAD OF PREPARINGON MY OFFENSE

AND WHAT I NORMALLYAM STRONG AT,

I WAS PREPARINGON TOO MANY DEFENSES.

AND THE RESULT OF THAT WAS,I ENDED UP IN BAD SITUATIONS.

- ROUND NUMBER TWO.

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- I THINK THE BIG THING FOR MEIN THE SECOND ROUND, LIKE,

I WANTED TO ESTABLISH THAT,

YOU KNOW,MY TAKEDOWN WAS A THREAT.

- AND A BIG TAKEDOWNFROM CHANDLER.

THAT ROUND WAS STILL VERY CLOSE.

I THINK I WON IT.

I THINK HE HAD A LITTLE BITMORE MOMENTUM AT THE VERY END,

BUT I HAD THE TAKEDOWN,THE SLAM,

AND I THINK I LANDEDMORE PUNCHES.

- THERE'S NO WAY HE WONTHAT ROUND BECAUSE OF THAT.

IT'S ONE THINGTO TAKE SOMEONE DOWN

AND ESTABLISH POSITIONAND DO DAMAGE,

BUT HE ONLY CONTROLLEDTHAT PARTICULAR EXCHANGE

FOR ONLY ABOUT 30 SECONDS,

35 SECONDSIF YOU COUNT ON THE CLOCK.

THAT DEFINITELY DIDN'T WIN HIMTHE ROUND.

I DOMINATE THE RESTOF THIS ROUND.

- IN THE SECOND ROUND,HE STARTS TO JUST

SORT OF RELAX A LITTLE BITAND TAKE TO HIS TECHNIQUE.

YOU SEE THE FOOTWORK.

YOU SEE THE GOOD HEAD MOVEMENT.

YOU SEE, LIKE,SOME OF THOSE SAME JABS

AND THOSE DART RIGHT HANDSTHAT HE LANDED SO WELL

IN THE PREVIOUS FIGHT.

- HE CAME BACKAND GOT BACK IN THE FIGHT,

YOU KNOW,AND THEY WERE BOTH--

EVEN THOUGH I STILL THOUGHTCHANDLER WON THE SECOND ROUND,

IT WAS--ALVAREZ WAS BACK IN THE FIGHT.

THERE WAS NO--HE WASN'T LOOKING TO QUIT.

narrator:FOR CHANDLER'S CORNER TEAM,

AT THE END OF THE SECOND ROUND,

THEY KNEW THE FIGHTWAS TIGHTENING.

- I DON'T KNOW IF MICHAELNECESSARILY DID EVERYTHING

IN THE JUDGES' EYESTO WIN THAT ROUND.

IT WAS PRETTY CLOSE.

BUT WITH A TITLE SHOT,

YOU HAVE TO TAKE THE ROUNDFROM THE CHAMP.

narrator: THE CHAMP BELIEVEDTHE TIDE WAS TURNING

IN HIS FAVOR.

- HIS MOUTH'S WIDE OPEN.

HE'S BREATHING REALLY HEAVY.

I THREW A FLYING KNEE,AND THEN I SHOVED HIM,

AND I LOOKED AT HIM,

AND I JUST WANTEDTO LET HIM KNOW,

"YOU'RE IN A FIGHT.

"YEAH,YOU WON THE FIRST ROUND.

"WE BOTH KNOW YOU WONTHE FIRST ROUND.

"BUT NOW YOU'RE IN A FIGHT.

IT CAN ONLY GET BETTER FOR MEAND WORSE FOR YOU FROM HERE ON."

- STOP. STOP. STOP.

- AS GOOD AS THOSEFIRST TWO ROUNDS WERE,

LITTLE DID ANYONE KNOWTHAT THEY WERE ABOUT TO WATCH

THE GREATEST ROUNDSIN BELLATOR HISTORY.

- UPPERCUT.

CAN YOU BRING ME AN UPPERCUT?- OKAY.

- BRING THAT [bleep]RIGHT UPPERCUT.

- HE WAS LOSING IT,AND I FELT THAT.

- CAN EDDIE FINISH HIM?

- THERE'S A TIMEWHEN YOU EITHER BREAK,

OR YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITYTO DIG DEEPER.

- HE'S HURT BADLY.

- CHANDLER NOW POUNCING.

- IT WAS GONNA GET ENDEDNO MATTER WHAT IN THAT ROUND.

- OH, ANOTHER BIG RIGHT HAND.

HE'S HURT.HE'S HURT BADLY.

narrator:TRAINING IS IN HIGH GEAR

ON OPPOSITE COASTSFOR THE REMATCH,

MICHAEL CHANDLERAT THE ALLIANCE GYM IN SAN DIEGO

AND EDDIE ALVAREZWITH THE BLACKZILIANS

IN BOCA RATON,FLORIDA.

EACH TEAM IS SUPREMELY CONFIDENT

THEIR MAN WILL TAKE HOMETHE BELT ON NOVEMBER 2ND.

- I FEEL LIKE NOW,IN THIS SECOND ALVAREZ FIGHT,

I FEEL LIKE CHANDLERIS JUST MORE EXPERIENCED.

HE'S GOT MORE FIGHTSUNDER HIS BELT AS A CHAMPION.

I FEEL LIKE CHANDLER'S WILLINGTO GO FIVE ROUNDS

AND DIE TRYING.

- I SEE EDDIE DOMINATINGTHIS GUY THE FULL FIVE ROUNDS.

THE FULL FIGHTIS GONNA BE EDDIE GOING FORWARD

TAKING THIS GUY DOWN,SMASH DOWN, GROUND AND POUND.

ANY MISTAKE THIS GUY MAKES,EDDIE IS GONNA TAKE AND FINISH.

narrator: FOR EDDIE,ONE AREA OF IMPROVEMENT

FROM THE FIRST FIGHTIS TO CAPITALIZE

ON EVERY OPPORTUNITYTO FINISH.

WATCHING BACK CHANDLER-ALVAREZ IBRINGS A LOT OF FRUSTRATION.

- RIGHT HERE.

RIGHT HERE, I'M ANGRY ABOUT,

BECAUSE I SHOULD HAVEFINISHED THERE.

I MADE A STUPID MISTAKE THERE.

I GOT HIS BACK.

I DON'T KNOW HOW GREATHIS JUJITSU GOT SINCE THEN,

BUT I KNOW,RIGHT THEN AND THERE,

IF I GOT HIS BACK,I COULD HAVE FINISHED HIM.

- HEADING INTO ROUNDNUMBER THREE.

WE'RE SCHEDULED FOR FIVE

IN THIS BELLATOR LIGHTWEIGHTWORLD TITLE FIGHT.

narrator:IN THE THIRD ROUND,

ALVAREZ CREATED HIS BEST CHANCESTO FINISH CHANDLER,

TAKING TOTAL CONTROLOF THE FIGHT.

- FOR ME, THIRD ROUND,

THIS IS MY BEST ROUND NORMALLYIN EVERY FIGHT,

BECAUSE THE NERVES ARE DONE.

YOU'RE STARTINGTO FEEL COMFORTABLE.

YOU'RE STARTINGTO FEEL CONFIDENT.

- THE BIGGEST TURNING POINTIN T FIGHT WAS--

AND RIGHT HERE,I THROW A KICK,

AND YOU'LL SEE ME KIND OFSTEP BACK ON IT.

I CAN'T PUT ANY PRESSURE ON ITRIGHT HERE.

AND HE LANDS A KICKON THE HEAD.

AND THIS WAS KIND OF THEBEGINNING OF THE END FOR ME

FOR THIS ROUND,AT LEAST.

- ALVAREZ TRYING TO LETTHE HANDS GO.

- THAT THIRD ROUNDIS WHEN MOST PEOPLE WENT,

"OKAY,THIS IS EDDIE'S FIGHT.

"PROBABLY TAKE HIMAT THE END OF THIS ROUND

OR THE STARTOF THE FOURTH ROUND."

- I REALLY STARTED FEELING HIMGOING DOWNHILL.

HIS MOUTH'S WIDE OPEN.

HE'S BREATHING HEAVY.

AND THE FAKE PRESSUREIS WORKING,

'CAUSE OBVIOUSLYHE'S PANICKING.

HE'S MAKING A LOT OF MISTAKES.

AND I'M TRYING MY BESTNOT TO RUSH THE KNOCKOUT.

- I KNEW I HAD MORE POWER,

AND I KNEW HE HADTHE WEAKER CHIN,

SO ANYTIME HE WAS THROWINGA BIG POWER PUNCH

AND SELLING OUT,

I WAS GONNA TRY AND COMEWITH A COUNTER.

WITH THE EMOTIONSTHAT I WAS FEELING,

WITH MY HEARTBEAT GOING SO FAST,I WAS TIRED.

I WAS AT A PLACEWHERE I HAD NEVER BEEN BEFORE,

SO IT WAS A NEW EXPERIENCE.

IT WAS NEW TO A YOUNG FIGHTER.

- I THINK IF WE STOOD UPFOR THE FOLLOWING MINUTE,

I THINK I WOULD HAVEGOT HIM OUT OF HERE.

I THINK HE KNOWSHE WOULD HAVE BEEN OUT OF THERE.

THIS SAVED HIM RIGHT HERE.

HE GRABBED MY LEG AND JUSTHELD ON TO IT FOR DEAR LIFE.

- I THINK THAT EDDIE DID MAKEA BIG MISTAKE

NOT FINISHING MIKEIN THAT THIRD ROUND.

I THINK THAT HE PROBABLYDID HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY

TO FINISH HIM,BECAUSE MIKE WAS HURT.

HE TOOK A LOT OF SHOTSTHAT THIRD ROUND,

AND I THINK THAT COULD BE--YOU KNOW,

YOU COULD MAKE A CASE FOR THAT,BECAUSE MAYBE EDDIE'S,

YOU KNOW, SPIRIT DID GO DOWNA LITTLE BIT,

KNOWING THAT HE HAD HIMAND COULDN'T FINISH HIM.

- I THINK THE THIRD ROUND WASMORE OF A 10-8 ROUND ON MY PART.

COULD HAVE BEEN A 10-9.

BUT I PRETTY MUCH DOMINATEDCOMPLETELY.

I WOULD HAVE IT EVEN.

IF IT WASN'T EVEN,

I WOULD SAY IT'S IN MY ADVANTAGERIGHT NOW.

SO WE'D BE GOING INTO THE FOURTHWHERE I'M UP ON POINTS

AND I'M GAINING MOMENTUM.

narrator: INCREDIBLY,CHANDLER FOUND A WAY

TO SURVIVE THE THIRD ROUND.

BOTH SIDES FELT CONFIDENTAS THE DRAMA WAS BUILDING.

- WE'RE UP 2-1.

WE'RE UP 2-1, MIKEY, OKAY?

LET'S GO.- COME ON.

- NOTHING FORCEFUL.

I DON'T NEED YOUGETTING HIT NOW.

- OKAY.- ALL RIGHT? BE PATIENT.

- AT THAT POINT, I KNEW.

I WAS LIKE, "OH, WELL, IF HEMAKES IT OUT OF THE THIRD ROUND,

EDDIE'S GONNA FINISH HIMIN THE FOURTH ROUND."

- I THOUGHT ALVAREZWAS GONNA TAKE MOMENTUM

AND FINALLY GET THE STOPPAGEON MIKE,

BUT MIKE CHANDLERGOT HIS SECOND WIND.

HE OPENED HIS LUNGS UP,

AND HE CAME OUT STRONG,YOU KNOW.

narrator: THE FOURTH ROUNDHELD ONE MORE FINAL TURN.

- HERE COMES ROUND NUMBER FOUR.

[bell dings]

- BIG MOMENT.

KIND OF SET THE TONEFOR THAT FOURTH ROUND.

I HAD JUST GOTTEN DONEGETTING MY BUTT KICKED

IN THE THIRD ROUND,

BUT I STILL BEAT HIMTO THE CENTER,

AND I STILL LANDTHE FIRST PUNCH.

SO THE FACT THAT I WAS ABLETO COME BACK,

RECOVER THAT QUICKLY,

I THINK, REALLY KIND OFGOT INTO HIS HEAD.

narrator: CHANDLER'SNEWFOUND ENERGY BETWEEN ROUNDS

SOON PAID BIG DIVIDENDS

JUST OVER TWO MINUTESINTO THE FOURTH.

- ANOTHER BIG MOMENT HEREWAS HERE IN THE FOURTH.

THE BEGINNING OF THE ENDWAS THIS PUNCH RIGHT HERE.

HE COMES OUT OF THE TAKEDOWN,AND I LAND AN UPPERCUT.

- OH, GOOD RIGHT HAND.

- BIG RIGHT HAND BY CHANDLER,HIS BEST PUNCH SINCE ROUND ONE.

- SEE IT IN HIS EYES.

I START JUST COMING FORWARD,ATTACKING.

I HAD A SENSE OF URGENCYTHAT HE WAS ON HIS WAY OUT.

AND I LAND A BIGOVERHAND RIGHT HERE.

HE FALLS, AND THIS IS KIND OFTHE ENDING LITTLE SEQUENCE

WHERE I'M ON TOP.

- HE HURT ME A LITTLE BIT THERE.

AND I'M TRYING TO GETMY BEARINGS BACK.

AND HE'S DOING A GOOD JOB.

AFTER HE HURT ME,HE'S GOING IN FOR THE KILL.

- ALVAREZ BLEEDING TERRIBLYOUT OF THE MOUTH.

CHANDLER LETTING GOWITH A FULL-ON GROUND AND POUND.

- HE'S NOT LETTING MEGET A CHANCE

TO GET BACK IN THE FIGHT.

- EDDIE HAS GREAT RECOVERY,BUT HE'S MOUNTED RIGHT NOW.

NOW GIVING UP HIS BACK.

- CHANDLER LOOKING FOR--- THAT'S IT!

THERE'S THE TAP,AND WE HAVE A NEW CHAMPION.

MICHAEL CHANDLER IS BELLATOR'SNEW LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION.

- THE DECISION TO BE DEFEATEDWAS MADE BEFORE THEN.

THAT WAS JUSTHOW THE FIGHT ENDED.

IT WAS GONNA GET ENDEDNO MATTER WHAT IN THAT ROUND,

BECAUSE HE TOOKTHAT OPPORTUNITY.

- TO SAY THAT, "OH, I GAVE HIMAN OPPORTUNITY TO QUIT

AND HE TOOK IT,"IS COMPLETE HORSE[bleep].

IF ANYBODY KNOWS THE TYPEOF FIGHTER I AM,

I'M NOT QUITTING AT ALL.

IT'S NEVER HAPPENING.

I GO OUT ON MY SHIELDEVERY FIGHT.

I WAS IN A BAD POSITION.

I MADE A DUMB MISTAKE.

I LEARNED FROM IT,

AND I'M A STRONGER FIGHTER TODAYBECAUSE OF IT.

- THERE'S A TIMEWHEN YOU EITHER HAVE

THE OPPORTUNITY TO BREAK,OR YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY

TO DIGGER DEEPER AND FINDTHAT LAST LITTLE BIT OF ENERGY,

AND IF YOU GIVE IN TO THAT,THAT'S JUST A LACK OF TRAINING,

A LACK OF PREPARATIONON YOUR PART,

AND I JUST BELIEVEI WAS THE BETTER MAN THAT DAY.

- THAT'S ANASS[bleep] STATEMENT,

AND I'M GONNA MAKE HIM PAYFOR SAYING THAT.

- EDDIE ALVAREZ, HE'S LOOKINGTO GET THE BELT BACK

VERSUS A GUY WHO'S LOOKINGTO PROVE HIMSELF THAT,

"HEY, THIS AIN'T NO FLUKE."

- I WON THE BELT.HE WANTS IT BACK.

WE'LL SEE HOW HARD HE TRAINSFOR IT.

- IF I SHOW UP AND I FIGHTTHE WAY I KNOW HOW TO FIGHT,

I'D BEAT ANY LIGHTWEIGHTIN THE WORLD.

FORGET ABOUT MIKE CHANDLER,ANY LIGHTWEIGHT.

[bell dings]

narrator: THE HISTORICCHANDLER-ALVAREZ I OUTCOME

ALTERED THE COURSEOF EACH FIGHTER'S CAREER.

- WE HAVE A NEW CHAMPION.

narrator: THE CHAMPION RECENTLYSIGNED A LONG-TERM CONTRACT

AND HAS TAKEN ON A LEADING ROLEIN THE ORGANIZATION.

ALVAREZ IS RETURNING TO THE CAGE

AFTER MORE THAN A YEARAWAY FROM THE SPORT

MIRED IN A DISPUTEOVER HIS CONTRACT.

- IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT VENGEANCEAND REDEEMING MYSELF.

IT'S NOT ABOUT THAT.

IT'S EVEN MORE ABOUT MY BATTLESWITH THE PROMOTION ITSELF,

MY BATTLES TO GAIN LEVERAGE,GAIN RIGHTS BACK FOR MYSELF.

IT'S NOT JUST A FIGHTWITH MIKE CHANDLER, YOU KNOW.

IT'S A LOT MORE THAN THAT.

- IF HE'S MOTIVATED BY ANGER OR,

"I NEED TO PROVETO THE WORLD THIS,"

IF HE'S TRYING TO PROVETHOSE KINDS OF THINGS

AND THAT'S WHAT FUELS HIM,

THEN MAYBE THAT WILL MAKE HIMA BETTER FIGHTER THAT NIGHT,

BUT FIGHTING OUT OF MALICEOR HIGH EMOTIONS

IS NEVER IN MY GAME PLAN.

IT'S NEVER BENEFICIAL FOR ME.

- HE FOUGHT ME ON MY WORST NIGHTTHAT I'VE EVER HAD,

AND I DAMN NEAR BEAT HIM.

IF I SHOW UP AND I FIGHTTHE WAY I KNOW HOW TO FIGHT,

I'D BEAT ANY LIGHTWEIGHTIN THE WORLD.

FORGET ABOUT MIKE CHANDLER,ANY LIGHTWEIGHT.

narrator:FOR COACH ERIC DEL FIERRO,

THE VITAL ELEMENT THAT WONCHANDLER THE FIRST FIGHT

WILL ALSO BE THE KEY COMPONENTTO VICTORY IN THE REMATCH.

- I THINK EDDIE ALVAREZIS TRYING TO FIND AN ANGLE

OF IMPROVEMENT FOR HIMSELF,

FIND A REASONAS TO WHY HE LOST.

- OH, HE GOT HIM!

HE HURT HIM BAD.

- THE REASON IS SIMPLE.

CHANDLER WANTED IT MORE.

THAT'S ALL THERE IS TO IT.THAT HASN'T CHANGED.

FORGET HOW GOOD CHANDLER HASGOTTEN IN THE PAST TWO YEARS.

FORGET HOW GOOD EDDIE HAS GOTTENIN THE PAST TWO YEARS.

CHANDLER STILL WANTS IT MORE.

THAT'S ALL THAT MATTERS.

narrator:WHAT CHANDLER AND ALVAREZ

WILL FIND IN THE REMATCH

IS AN EVOLVED OPPONENTACROSS THE CAGE.

BOTH FIGHTERS HAVE NEW COACHESAND TEAMMATES,

SOME OF THE BEST IN THE SPORTOF MIXED MARTIAL ARTS.

- THE GYM THAT MIKETRAINS AT, ALLIANCE,

IT'S A VERY SPECIAL GYM.

IT'S A GYM THAT I'VE NEVER SEEN

THE KIND OF LEVEL OF TALENT,

THE INTENSITYTHAT THIS GYM BRINGS,

AND FROM WHERE MIKE CHANDLERWAS BACK THEN

TO WHERE HE IS NOWIS A TOTAL DIFFERENT FISH.

- MICHAEL'S CHANGED INTWO YEARS, JUST GETTING BETTER,

PROGRESSIVELY BETTER,AND REALISTICALLY,

EDDIE ALVAREZ DOESN'T DEFINEMICHAEL CHANDLER'S CAREER.

THAT WAS JUST ANOTHER FIGHT.

HE RAN THE TOURNAMENT,RAN THE CHAMPIONSHIP,

AND AFTER THAT,HE HAD THREE FIGHTS AFTER THAT.

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- THE STRIKING IS ON POINT NOW,

WORKING WITH ME,WITH HENRY,

AND HE'S BEEN TRAININGWITH ONE OF THE GREATEST

BRAZILIAN JUJITSU GUYS HERE.

I THINK HIS MOTIVATIONIS SOMETHING

THAT'S REALLY THE KEYIN THIS FIGHT.

- OUR STYLE OF FIGHTING,THE BLACKZILIANS,

IS GOING FORWARDAND TRYING TO HURT PEOPLE

AND FINISH THE FIGHTS.

I THINK IT WILL GO FOUR ROUNDS,

AND EDDIE IS GONNA FINISHTHIS FIGHT IN FOUR ROUNDS.

narrator:ON NOVEMBER 2ND,

THE LIGHTWEIGHT BATTLEOF THE YEAR

WILL GO DOWNIN LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA,

A FIGHT RIFE WITH SPECULATIONIN THE MMA WORLD AT LARGE.

- WELL, I THINK IT'S PROBABLYGONNA BE A FIVE-ROUND WAR

WITH THE JUDGES TRYING TO HAVETO DECIDE A CLOSE FIGHT.

- WE'RE GONNA SEE A GUY THAT--EDDIE ALVAREZ,

HE'S LOOKING TO GETTHE BELT BACK AND MOTIVATED

VERSUS A GUY WHO'S LOOKINGTO PROVE HIMSELF THAT,

"HEY, THIS AIN'T NO FLUKE."

- TO BE ABLETO ESTABLISH HIMSELF LITERALLY

AS ONE OF THE BEST MIXEDMARTIAL ARTISTS IN THE WORLD,

EDDIE ALVAREZ HAS GOT TO BEATMICHAEL CHANDLER.

- IN AN ALVAREZ FIGHT,MIKE PUTS HIM AWAY EARLY, MAN.

THE KID'S ON A RUN, MAN.

HE'S THE REAL DEAL, YOU KNOW,AND THAT'S COMING FROM ME.

HE'S SOLID EVERYWHERE.

- WE PREPARED MICHAEL CHANDLERFOR THE BEST EDDIE ALVAREZ EVER,

BETTER THAN EDDIE ALVAREZTHINKS HE CAN BE.

WE'RE PREPARING HIMFOR A MONSTER.

- IN MY OPINION, EDDIE HASEVERYTHING TO GAIN RIGHT NOW,

AND HE HAS SO MUCH FIREINSIDE OF HIM

TO GET THAT WIN BACK,GET HIS BELT BACK.

- I THINK EDDIE'S GONNA BE

A LOT MORE MOTIVATEDIN THIS FIGHT.

NOW HIM WANTED THAT BELT BACKAND WANTING THAT CONTROL BACK

IS GONNA TURN HIMINTO A NEW EDDIE.

AND I JUST SEE HIMMORE MOTIVATED,

MORE ANGRY AND HUNGRY.

- I'M FOCUSEDON JUST BECOMING THE BEST

COMPLETE MIXED MARTIAL ARTISTI CAN POSSIBLY BE

WHEN I STEP INTO THAT CAGEAND BE READY FOR ANYTHING.

- IF I WIN THIS FIGHT,I HOLD ALL THE CARDS.

I HAVE ALL THE LEVERAGE.

I MAKE MY OWN DESTINY.

- I DON'T MEAN TO SOUND SELFISH

OR THAT EDDIE'SNOT A THREAT TO ME,

BUT I'M NOT REALLY THAT WORRIEDABOUT WHAT EDDIE'S DOING.

- I JUST CAN'T WAITFOR BJORN REBNEY

TO PUT THAT BELTAROUND MY WAIST.

THAT'S GONNA BE FUN.

- I WON THE BELT.HE WANTS IT BACK.

WE'LL SEE HOW HARD HE TRAINSFOR IT.

- I DON'T NEED THE FANSTO BELIEVE IN ME.

I DON'T NEED MY COACHES.

I DON'T EVEN NEED MY FAMILYTO BELIEVE IN ME.

I'M THE ONLY ONEWHO NEEDS TO KNOW.

I'M THE ONLY ONEWHO NEEDS TO BELIEVE.

IF I CAN PREDICT ANYTHING,

IT'S GONNA BE HIGH-PACED,IT'S GONNA BE VIOLENT,

AND SOMETHING BIGIS GONNA HAPPEN.

- OH, YOU WANT THE BELT?

WE GOT A FIGHT NOVEMBER 2ND,AND THAT'S HOW YOU GET IT.

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