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Unrivaled: Michael Chandler

Unrivaled: Michael Chandler will continue Spike’s popular MMA documentary series examining Chandler’s meteoric rise to become champion, his recent controversial setback and the current journey to get back the belt.

male narrator:EVERY CHAMPION

NEEDS ONE OPPONENT

TO VALIDATE HIS GREATNESS.

- I HAD AN OPPORTUNITYTO FIGHT EDDIE,

AND HE WAS RANKED TOP FIVEIN THE WORLD.

- AND WE HAVE A NEW CHAMPION!

- BEATING HIM HAS GOTTEN MEA LOT OF ATTENTION,

AND, YOU KNOW, HIM BEATING METHE SECOND TIME

HAS GOTTEN HIMA LITTLE MORE ATTENTION,

SO A THIRD FIGHTWILL DO US BOTH GOOD.

- WHY DOES A THIRD FIGHTNEED TO HAPPEN?

IN THE HISTORYOF COMBAT SPORTS--

TRILOGIES:

ONE FIGHT APIECE

AND A FINAL FIGHTTO DECIDE IT.

THEY'RE THE SUPER BOWLOF COMBAT SPORTS.

YOU DO THAT THIRD FIGHTTO DETERMINE

WHO IS TRULY THE BESTOF THE BEST.

narrator: ON MAY 17TH,

MICHAEL CHANDLERFACES EDDIE ALVAREZ

FOR THE THIRD TIME,

CULMINATINGHIS FIVE-YEAR JOURNEY

FROM WRESTLING ALL-AMERICAN

TO ONE OF THE BEST LIGHTWEIGHTSIN THE WORLD

IN MIXED MARTIAL ARTS.

- ANOTHER TAKEDOWNFROM THE CHAMPION.

- THERE'S VERY FEW ATHLETES

THAT ARE JUST BORNTO DO SOMETHING,

AND MIKE'S ONE OF THEM.

CAME FROM WRESTLING,FOUND THIS,

AND JUST LOVES IT.

- NO ONE EXPECTEDMICHAEL CHANDLER

TO WIN THE FIRSTBELLATOR TOURNAMENT.

AND THEN HE DID.

AND THEN HE KEPT GOING.

AND YOU BEGIN TO WONDER,

"WHAT IS THE CEILINGON THIS GUY?"

- THE GUY'S JUST PROFESSIONALAND NICE.

GOOD GUY.

I WOULD NEVER KNOW HE HADTHAT MEAN STREAK IN HIM.

- MICHAEL CHANDLER'STHE KIND OF GUY

YOU WANT YOUR DAUGHTER TO DATE,

YET BEATS PEOPLE UP FOR MONEY.

HE'S A GREAT COMBINATION.

- HE KNOWS HIS DESTINY.

HE KNOWS WHERE HE NEEDS TO BE.

- IT'S PRETTY CUT-AND-DRY.

THIS IS THE BIGGEST FIGHTOF HIS LIFE.

HE KNOWS THAT.

- THE STAKES FOR THIS FIGHT

ARE THE BIGGEST I'VE EVER SEENIN BELLATOR.

THE WINNERHAS A LEGITIMATE CLAIM

TO BE THE TOP LIGHTWEIGHTIN THE WORLD.

- IT'S COMPETITION,

AND THAT'S WHATI WAS PUT ON THIS EARTH FOR.

IT'S WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL ALIVE.

[dramatic percussion music]

narrator: AT THE AGE OF 28,

MICHAEL CHANDLERIS LIVING HIS DREAM,

PURSUING HIS PASSION,

PREPARING FOR THE BIGGEST FIGHTOF HIS LIFE.

- I'M EXCITEDABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY

TO FIGHT IN FRONTOF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE.

I WAKE UP EVERY MORNINGKNOWING THAT I'M BLESSED

TO BE IN THIS POSITION,

AND I'M NOT GONNA TAKE THIS RIDEFOR GRANTED.

I'M FOCUSED ON BEING IN THIS GYMEVERY SINGLE DAY,

NUMEROUS TIMES A DAY,

FOCUSING ON THE LITTLE THINGSTHAT I CAN DO EVERY SINGLE DAY

TO REALLY REACH MY POTENTIAL.

narrator: HIS CAREERHAS BEEN FUELED

FROM AN EARLY AGE BY BLOOD,SWEAT, AND DESTINY.

- HIS DAD USED TO SAY,"PAIN IS A USELESS EMOTION."

HE PRETTY WELL GREW UPWITH THAT.

- AT THE AGE OF FIVE YEARS OLD,

WE WOULD WATCH HIM WIN,LOSE, CRY,

BUT HE JUST KEPT WRESTLING

AND WORKING TOWARDS A GOAL.

I MEAN, I COULD SEE ITRIGHT AWAY.

HE WAS JUST A NATURAL ATHLETE.

HE JUST KEEPS GOING,KEEPS PUSHING, KEEPS DRIVING,

AND TO BE DISCIPLINED,

BASICALLY, 24 HOURS A DAY.

narrator: IT'S 8:30 A.M.

ON A 15-DEGREE WINTER MORNING,

AND CHANDLER HAS COME BACKTO HIS ALMA MATER,

THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI,

WHERE HE LEARNEDTHE TRUE MEANING OF HARD WORK.

- YOU KNOW, I LOVE THIS PLACE.

I LOVE THESE WRESTLING MATS.

I LOVE BEING ABLE TO,YOU KNOW,

WRESTLE WITH THESE GUYS.

WHATEVER I DO,

I'M GONNA DO ITTO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY

BECAUSE OF WHAT I DID RIGHT HEREIN MISSOURI WRESTLING.

- WHEN MICHAEL COMES BACKTO HIS ROOTS

WHERE HE GAINED HIS CONFIDENCE

AND WHERE HE GREW UPAS AN ATHLETE,

IT'S KIND OF LIKEIN THE MOVIE ROCKY

WHEN HE GOES BACKTO THE OLD-SCHOOL WAY

OF TRAINING.

MAKE SURE BOTH GUYSARE GOING.

narrator: MISSOURI HEAD COACHBRIAN SMITH

TAKES NO MERCYON HIS FORMER ALL-AMERICAN.

- ONE, TWO.LET'S GO.

narrator: HE SERVES UPHIS NUMBER ONE RANKED

149-POUND SUPERSTARDRAKE HOUDASHELT.

- WINNER TAKES ALL.

[heavy rock music]

- I'VE KNOWN OF MIKEFOR A LONG TIME,

SINCE I WAS YOUNGER.

HE'S, LIKE,ONE OF THE HARDEST WORKERS

I'VE EVER MET.

HE JUST GOES REALLY HARD

AND MAKES YOU HAVE TO GO HARDERTOO.

- IT WAS AN OUT-AND-OUT WAR.

THEY WERE GOING100 MILES AN HOUR

AND BATTLING,

AND THAT'S WHAT HE WANTS.

- WHAT I DID HEREIS TEN TIMES HARDER

THAN ANYTHING I'M EVER GONNAHAVE TO DO IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.

SO GETTING BACK HEREREALLY JUST INSPIRES ME

TO STAY ON MY "A" GAME.

[cheers and applause]

narrator:THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

CHANGED CHANDLER IN WAYS

THAT EXTENDED FAR BEYONDTHE MAT.

- THE WHOLE FOUNDATIONWAS SET HERE.

WHEN HE CAME ABOARD HERE,

WITH COACH SMITHTAKING HIM UNDER HIS WING,

AND BEN ASKREN,

AND SOME OF THE ALL-TIMENUMBER ONE ATHLETES

IN THE WORLD AT THIS POINT

COMING OUT OF MIZZOU--

JUST HIM ASSOCIATING HIMSELF

WITH THAT CALIBER OF PEOPLE

GOT INTO HIS HEARTAND INTO HIS MIND,

AND THAT'S WHAT STAYED WITH HIM.

- DIVISION I COLLEGE WRESTLING

IS ONE OF THE HARDEST THINGSA PERSON CAN DO.

MIKE IS JUST A TOUGH,HARD-NOSED PERSON,

AND HE WAS JUST ONEOF THOSE GUYS

THAT CAME IN READY TO WORK HARD,

SHUT HIS MOUTH,AND DO WHATEVER WAS TOLD OF HIM.

AND THAT'S ONEOF THE KEY REASONS

WHY HE WAS SUCCESSFUL.

- BEN WAS ALWAYS A MENTOR TO ME,

AND WE WERE ALWAYS GOOD FRIENDS,

AND HE WAS LIKE A BIG BROTHERTO ME.

I WRESTLED WITH HIMFOR THREE YEARS,

AND HE COACHED MEFOR ANOTHER YEAR,

SO I KNOW FOR A FACT

THAT I WOULDN'T BEWHERE I AM TODAY

WITHOUT BEN ASKREN.

narrator: HIS FORMERMISSOURI TEAMMATES,

BEN ASKRENAND TYRON WOODLEY,

NOT ONLY SERVEDAS WRESTLING MENTORS

BUT HELPED PAVED CHANDLER'S WAYTO MMA.

- I HAD TWO GUYS COME OUTAHEAD OF ME,

TYRON WOODLEYAND BEN ASKREN.

THEY BOTH WERE HAVING SUCCESS,

SO I FIGURED, YOU KNOW,"HEY,

IF THEY CAN DO IT,I CAN DO IT."

narrator: ON AUGUST 8, 2009,

MICHAEL CHANDLER STEPPEDINTO AN MMA CAGE

FOR THE FIRST TIME.

- WE HAVE MICHAEL CHANDLER.

narrator: IT WAS A LONG WAYFROM BIG-TIME COLLEGE WRESTLING.

- IT WAS A VERY SMALL VENUE.

IT WAS, YOU KNOW,MAYBE 200 PEOPLE

AND A TINY LITTLE CAGE.

- GO MICHAEL!

- I DIDN'T GET HIT AT ALLIN THAT FIGHT,

SO THAT WAS--THAT WAS GOOD.

IT'S ALWAYS GOODNOT TO GET HIT.

- IT WAS SMARTERTHAT MIKE WENT TO STRENGTH,

BECAUSE AT THAT POINT,

HE'S ONLY THREE MONTHSOUT OF WRESTLING.

I THINK HE JUST TOOK HIM DOWNAND BEAT HIS ASS.

- ENDED UP GETTING A TKO

THREE MINUTESINTO THE FIRST ROUND.

[cheers and applause]

I HAD MADE THE DECISIONTHAT I WANTED TO FIGHT.

I LEFT THAT FIGHT THINKING,YOU KNOW,

"WHEN'S THE NEXT ONE?"

narrator:MICHAEL CHANDLER'S CAREER

WAS OFF AND RUNNING.

IT TOOK ONLY TWO MOREDOMINANT WINS

TO CATCH THE EYE OF BELLATOR'STHEN NEWLY HIRED

SAM CAPLAN.

- THE FIRST PROSPECT I SIGNED

WHEN I STARTED AT BELLATOR

WAS MIKE CHANDLER.

I BASICALLY STAKEDMY ENTIRE REPUTATION ON MIKE.

- EVERY ONCE IN A WHILESAM CAPLAN,

OUR V.P. OF TALENT DEVELOPMENT,WILL CALL ME,

AND HE'LL SAY,"WE HAVE FOUND THE DIAMOND,

"AND WE'VE GOT TO CLOSE HIMRIGHT AWAY

BEFORE SOMEBODY ELSE GRABS HIM."

THAT'S WHAT THE TONEOF HIS VOICE WAS

WHEN HE CALLED MEABOUT MICHAEL CHANDLER.

- MICHAEL CHANDLER IS WHATBELLATOR'S ALL ABOUT.

CAME FROM NOWHERE,

TALENTED, YOUNG, HUNGRY.

THE GUY WENT IN

AND DIDN'T JUSTOUT-WRESTLE GUYS.

HE STEAMROLLED THEM.

- MICHAEL'S ASCENSION TO THE TOP

OF THE LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISIONIN MMA

HAS BEEN QUICKER THAN ANYBODYI'VE EVER SEEN.

MIKE CHANDLER IS A FREAK

WHEN IT COMES TO PROGRESSIONIN MMA.

- HE'S ONE OF THOSE GUYS

THAT I'M NOT SURE ANYBODYREALLY SAW COMING

UNTIL HE WORKED HIS WAYTHROUGH THAT LIGHTWEIGHT BRACKET

IN 2011.

YOU FEEL LIKEWITH A GUY LIKE HIM

WHO'S BUILDING THOSE PIECES,

THERE'S STILL A LOT MORE TOGIVE,

WHICH IS A SCARY THOUGHT.

- WITHOUT A DOUBT IN MY MIND,I WON THE FIGHT.

- MICHAEL BELIEVESHE LET THIS FIGHT SLIP AWAY.

ANYTIME YOU HAVE A GUYWITH THAT ATTITUDE,

HE'S DANGEROUS.

- I TURNED TO HIM,AND I SAID,

"I'M SICK OF YOU."

WE'RE GONNA TRYAND TEAR EACH OTHER APART.

narrator:IN JUST TWO SHORT YEARS,

CHANDLER WENTFROM A MMA NEWCOMER

FIGHTING IN THE MINOR LEAGUES

TO A RISING PROSPECT

IN BELLATOR'S 2011LIGHTWEIGHT TOURNAMENT.

HIS OPENING-ROUND VICTORYCAUGHT THE EYE

OF BELLATOR'S CEOBJORN REBNEY.

- THE MARCIN HELD FIGHT

WAS A GREAT INDICATORFOR ME,

BECAUSE HE GOTINTO A LEGLOCK

WHICH WOULD HAVE TORN

99.9% OF THE FIGHTERS'ON EARTH KNEE

OUT IN THE WRONG DIRECTION.

- THAT IS A STRAIGHT LOCK.

HE IS PUTTING EVERYTHINGBEHIND IT,

BUT CHANDLERJUST IS NOT TAPPING OUT.

- THEN HE CAME UP TO MEAFTER THE FIGHT,

SAT DOWN WITH ME,

LOOKED AT ME,AND SAID,

"JUST SO YOU AND I ARE CLEAR,

"HE WOULD HAVE HAD TO HAVETORN MY LEG OFF

"AND BROUGHT IT BACK TO POLANDWITH HIM

FOR ME TO TAP."

[cheers and applause]

narrator: CHANDLER'S STARCONTINUED TO RISE

AS HE BLASTED HIS WAYTHROUGH THE FIELD,

UPSETTING THE HEAVILY FAVOREDPATRICKY "PITBULL"

IN THE FINALS,

SETTING UP HIS TITLE SHOT

AGAINST EDDIE ALVAREZ.

- I GOT THE OPPORTUNITYTO GO OUT THERE

AND GET A WORLD TITLE SHOTAGAINST THE TOP-FIVE GUY.

- HE HURT HIM BAD!

- ALVAREZ IS INALL SORTS OF TROUBLE,

TRYING TO HOLD ON!

- WE DIDN'T THINKHE COULD STAND

AND GO TOE-TO-TOE WITH EDDIE.

THAT WAS THE POPULAR PERCEPTIONOF MICHAEL.

DIDN'T THINK HE HAD THE BOXINGTO HANG WITH EDDIE,

WHO'S AMAZINGLY SLICKON HIS FEET.

MICHAEL CHANDLERIS ALL OVER HIM.

- FULL-ON GROUND-AND-POUND!

- I THINK I GAVE HIMA LITTLE TOO MUCH CREDIT

GOING INTO THAT FIGHT.

I WAS PREPARING ONTOO MANY DEFENSES,

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

- ALVAREZ BLEEDING TERRIBLYOUT OF THE MOUTH.

- YOU KNOW, WAS PROBABLYSUPPOSED TO WIN ON PAPER?

NO, BUT I BELIEVEDTHAT I COULD WIN,

AND I WENT OUT THERE,AND I WON.

- THERE'S THE TAP!

AND WE HAVE A NEW CHAMPION!

MICHAEL CHANDLER IS BELLATOR'SNEW LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION!

narrator: INSIDE THE CAGE,

CHANDLER QUICKLY BECAME

BELLATOR'S MOST DOMINANTCHAMPION.

- HE WAS ON FIRE.

AFTER THE ALVAREZ FIGHT,

HE TORE THROUGH THREE GUYSIN A ROW.

narrator: AS QUICKLY AS CHANDLERBECAME THE LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION,

HE ALSO BECAME THE POSTER BOYFOR BELLATOR MMA

OUTSIDE THE CAGE.

- HELL YEAH,CHANDLER'S THE POSTER BOY

FOR THIS ORGANIZATION.

HE'S A GOOD-LOOKING KID,

COLLEGE ATHLETE.

HE WAS A GREAT CHAMPIONWHEN HE WAS.

HAS HIS [bleep] TOGETHER.

[applause]

narrator: BUT A SECOND FIGHTWITH ALVAREZ WAS DESTINED,

AND CHANDLER'S RUN OF DOMINANCECAME TO AN END

LAST FALL IN THEIR REMATCH.

IT'S THE ONE TOPICTHAT FRUSTRATES

THE NORMALLY UNFLAPPABLEMICHAEL CHANDLER.

- I THOUGHT,WITHOUT A DOUBT IN MY MIND,

I WON THE FIGHT.

THERE'S NO DOUBTWHO FOUGHT HARDER THAT NIGHT.

THERE'S NO DOUBTWHO BROUGHT THE FIGHT, YOU KNOW?

WE'LL LET THE FANS DECIDE,

BUT I THINK WE ALL KNOWWHO THAT WAS.

- HE BELIEVESHE WON THAT FIGHT.

HE BELIEVESTHE JUDGES GOT IT WRONG.

AND HE'S OUT TO PROVETHE JUDGES GOT IT WRONG.

ANYTIME YOU HAVE A GUYWITH THAT ATTITUDE,

HE'S DANGEROUS.

SO CONFIDENCE-WISE,

I THINK HE'S GONNA BE SKY-HIGHCOMING INTO THIS FIGHT.

narrator:BECAUSE OF THIS EPIC RIVALRY,

CHANDLER'S STATURECONTINUES TO RISE

AND WAS A FEATURED PLAYER

AT BELLATOR'S ANNUAL MEDIA SHOOTIN NEW YORK

TO HYPE HIS THIRD FIGHTWITH ALVAREZ

ON MAY 17TH.

- THE PROMO STUFFFOR SEASON 10.

WE'RE JUST DOING SOME STILLS.

WE'RE DOING GREEN SCREEN STUFF.

THAT MEANSTHERE'S SOME FIGHTS UPON US.

- THAT LOOKS GREAT.

- ALL RIGHT, AND, CHANDLER,LOOK DOWN.

narrator: IN A SPORTFUELED BY TRASH TALK,

MICHAEL CHANDLERIS THE ANOMALY,

ALWAYS CALM, COOL,AND COLLECTED.

- I TRY TO SHAKE HIM DOWNEVERY ONCE IN A WHILE.

LIKE, "COME ON,YOU DON'T LIKE THAT PERSON."

I'VE TRIED TO BRINGTHAT MEANNESS OUT OF HIM,

BUT HE'S DEFINITELY--HE'S A VERY GENUINE NICE GUY.

IT'S NOT FAKE.IT'S NOT FOR CAMERA.

THAT'S JUST--THAT'S HOW MIKE IS.

- I'M A LITTLE MORE RESERVED,

AND I TRY TO CALCULATEEVERYTHING I SAY

AND MAKE SURE I'M NOT HURTINGPEOPLE'S FEELINGS AND THIS

AND GETTING MYSELF IN TROUBLEWITH THAT.

narrator: IN BETWEENBELLATOR OBLIGATIONS

IN THE BIG APPLE,

CHANDLER HAD TIMETO FOLLOW HIS OTHER PASSION,

BULL RIDING.

[lively music]

- MIKE'S THE BIGGESTBULL RIDING FAN I'VE MET.

IT'S DEFINITELYHIS FAVORITE SPORT

OVER MMA AND WRESTLING.

I CAN TELL YOU THAT.

- L.J. JENKINS IS ABOUT TO RIDE.THAT'S MY BUDDY.

I BEFRIENDED L.J. JENKINS,

WHO'S ONE OF THE TOP RIDERSIN THE WORLD.

WE ENDED UP GOING IN TOGETHERON A BULL,

SO I OWN HALF A BULLNAMED MOLLY HATCHET.

HE'S COOL.

YOU KNOW, HE'S GOT A COOL COLORTO HIM.

HE'S GOT THATBLACK-AND-WHITE LOOK,

AND HE'S GOT BIG HORNS.

HE'S GOT A REALLY BIG KICK,AND HE SPINS,

BUT HE ALWAYSKIND OF CHANGES DIRECTION.

THAT'S WHEN GUYSUSUALLY GET BUCKED OFF.

I'M PROUD OF HIM.

[horn honks]

ALL I DO IS GET HONKED AT

WHEN I'M IN NEW YORK,IT TURNS OUT.

[chuckles] DRIVING IN NEW YORK

IS JUST ONE BIG HONK-FEST.

[horn honks]

narrator: WITH THE BIGGEST FIGHTOF HIS LIFE LOOMING,

CHANDLER HEADSTO THE LONG ISLAND GYM

OF TRAINER RAY LONGO

FOR A NO-NONSENSE MITT SESSION.

- READY TO ROLL?

narrator: LONGO'S SPECIALTY

IS TEACHING STAND-UPFOR MMA.

- THAT'S IT!

narrator: HE HAS LED MATT SERRAAND CHRIS WEIDMAN

TO UFC TITLES.

- SO YOU'RE GONNA STEP OVER...

PULL YOUR HEAD IN,AND LEFT HOOK TO THE BELLY.

BANG. PERFECT.

I'M A BIG BELIEVERIN THE BASICS, MAN.

YOU KNOW, I DON'T LIKETHE DROPPING THE HANDS,

AND I LIKE TO NOT GIVE AWAYANYTHING FOR FREE.

YOU KNOW, MAKE PEOPLE WORKFOR THEIR SHOTS.

narrator: A STUDENT OF THE GAME,

HE HAD SOME HELPFUL ADVICEFOR CHANDLER

ABOUT EDDIE ALVAREZ.

- EDDIE'S TRICKY.YOU GOT TO--

DON'T FOLLOW HIM,CUT HIM OFF,

AND YOU GOT TO TAKE AWAYTHE TRICKS

BY BEING TRICKY YOURSELF.

- CHANDLER HAS A STYLETHAT'S KIND OF ALL HIS OWN,

THROWING FROM STRANGE ANGLES

THAT NOT A LOTOF MMA GUYS THROW.

TO HAVE SOMEONEWHO KNOWS EDDIE ALVAREZ

WHO COULD GIVE YOUA COUPLE TIPS, THAT'S HUGE.

AND RAY LONGO'S A GREAT VOICETO HEAR THAT FROM

AND SOMEBODY EVERYBODY RESPECTS.

- HA, HA! HA, HA!

- YES.

BEAUTIFUL.NICE ANGLES.

narrator: BEFORE HEADING BACKTO HIS HOME BASE IN SAN DIEGO,

CHANDLER STILL HADTHE BIGGEST MOMENT OF HIS TRIP

TO DEAL WITH:

GOING FACE-TO-FACEWITH ALVAREZ

FOR THE FIRST TIMESINCE THEIR REMATCH.

- AND ACTION.

- WE DON'T MAKE A HABITOUT OF SAYING HI TO EACH OTHER.

- THESE GUYS HAVE FOUGHT TWICE,

HAVE DESTROYED ONE ANOTHER,

AND ARE ABOUT TO DO ITFOR A THIRD TIME,

AND HERE THEY HAVE TO TURN,AND THE DIRECTOR'S GOING,

"YEAH, TURN TO THIS GUY,

"AND THEN TURN BACKTO THE CAMERA,

AND THEN LOOK AT ONE ANOTHER."

IT'S A TENSE MOMENTFOR BOTH GUYS.

- ONE, TWO, THREE!

BACK AT THE SCREEN.

- WE WERE BOTH LOOKINGAT THE PROJECTION SCREEN.

IT SAID "ALVAREZ-CHANDLER 3."

AND I TURNED TO HIM,AND I SAID,

"I'M SICK OF YOU.

I AM [bleep] SICK OF YOU."

[dramatic music]

HE'S A GREAT COMPETITOR.HE'S A CHAMPION.

25 MINUTESARE GONNA COME AROUND.

WE'RE GONNA TRYAND TEAR EACH OTHER APART.

- IT'S WHAT THE FANS WANT,YOU KNOW?

TWO GUYS SLUGGIN' IT OUT,

AND THAT'S WHAT'SGONNA HAPPEN AGAIN

THE THIRD TIME.

ON SPARRING DAYS,YOU GET, LIKE,

SICK TO YOUR STOMACH.

YOU'RE ABOUT TO GO THROUGHHELL ON EARTH.

MY GOAL IS TO GO OUT THERE

AND BE SO DOMINANT

THAT I'M GONNA GO OUT THEREAND FINISH THE FIGHT.

narrator: BACK ATHIS TRAINING BASE IN SAN DIEGO,

TEAM CHANDLER PUTSTHE FINAL GAME PLAN IN PLACE

FOR EDDIE ALVAREZ.

- THERE'S A LOT OF THINGSTHAT WE'RE GONNA DO DIFFERENT

IN THE NEXT FIGHT.

THERE'S A LOT OF THINGSWE'RE GONNA DO THE SAME.

I'LL NEVER EVER BE ABLETO STRAY AWAY

FROM WHO I AM

AS A COMPETITORAND AS A MAN,

AND THAT'SALWAYS MOVING FORWARD,

ALWAYS THINKING POSITIVELY,

AND ALWAYS OUTWORKINGMY COMPETITION.

narrator:CHANDLER'S JOURNEY BACK

TO THIS TRILOGY FIGHT

IS NOT ONE HE MAKES ALONE.

HE HAS SURROUNDED HIMSELF

WITH ONE OF THE BEST TEAMSIN MMA

LED BY HEAD COACHERIC DEL FIERRO.

- THERE'S VERY FEW ATHLETES

THAT ARE JUST BORNTO DO SOMETHING,

AND MIKE'S ONE OF THEM.

HE KNOWS HIS DESTINY.

HE KNOWS WHERE HE NEEDS TO BE,

AND HE KNOWS HIS LIMITATIONS,

AND HE'S JUST ALWAYS WORKINGTO IMPROVE IT.

MOVE TO YOUR LEFT.

THAT'LL SHUT DOWN THE KICK.

THREE, TWO AGAIN.

YOU KNOW, THERE'S SMALL THINGSTHAT NEED FIXING,

THERE'S SMALL THINGSTHAT NEED IMPROVEMENT,

BUT HE'S GOT ALL THE TOOLS,

AND HE NEEDS TO GO AHEADAND IMPLEMENT THEM

AND DOMINATE THE FIGHT.

GOOD. GOOD PRESSURE.

- IT'S HORRIBLE.

ON SPARRING DAYS,YOU GET, LIKE,

SICK TO YOUR STOMACH,YOU KNOW?

BECAUSE YOU KNOWYOU'RE ABOUT TO GO THROUGH HELL,

LITERALLY HELL ON EARTH.

I HATE MY TRAINING PARTNERS,

BUT I LOVE MY TRAINING PARTNERS.

I HATE MY COACHES,

BUT I LOVE MY COACHES.

YOU KNOW,IT'S A LOVE-HATE RELATIONSHIP,

BUT, YOU KNOW,AT THE END OF THE DAY,

THAT'S WHAT MAKESTHIS PLACE GREAT.

narrator: THIS CAMP IS BUOYED

BY THE FULL-TIME ATTENTION

OF HIS GRAPPLING COACHAND CLOSE FRIEND

NEIL MELANSON,

WHO RECENTLY MOVED WESTTO WORK WITH MIKE

AT TEAM ALLIANCE.

- HE'S PERFECT FOR MY STYLE.

IT'S NOT WORKING ON

THE WHOLE GROUND GAMEAS A WHOLE.

IT'S WORKING ONTHE SPECIFIC THINGS

THAT ARE GONNA GET METO THAT NEXT STEP

IN MY GROUND GAME.

- GOOD. GOOD CHOICE.

THE BIGGEST CHALLENGEIS GETTING HIM

TO ACCUSTOMTO PROTECTING THEIR NECKS.

WHEN I FIRST MEET A WRESTLER,

THAT'S THE FIRST THINGWE ATTACK A LOT,

GET THEM START THINKING,"YEAH, I GOT TO--

"I JUST CAN'T CRAMMY NECK OUT,

'CAUSE SOMEONE'S GONNA TAKE IT."

narrator: MELANSONWON'T TAKE THE CREDIT

BUT WITNESS HIS PUPILAMAZE EVERYBODY

IN THE FIFTH ROUNDOF HIS LAST FIGHT...

[camera shutter clicks]

SURVIVING THREE DEEPCHOKE ATTEMPTS FROM ALVAREZ.

- LOOK AT THIS REAR NAKED CHOKE.

MICHAEL CHANDLERJUST FIGHTING OUT OF IT.

IN THE FIFTH ROUND,

THERE WERE AT LEAST TWO TIMESIN MY HEAD I WENT,

"THIS FIGHT'S DONE.

MICHAEL CHANDLER'S FINISHED."

BUT THE FACT THAT NEIL

HAD PUT HIM IN THAT POSITIONA MILLION TIMES

GAVE CHANDLER THE ABILITYTO FINISH OUT THAT FIFTH ROUND.

PURE HEART,

PURE GUTS AT THIS POINT.

BATTERED, EXHAUSTED,

JUST UNWILLING TO SUBMIT.

- THE FACT THAT HE GOT OUT OF ITIN THE FIFTH

WHEN HE'S BEEN FIGHTINGFOR 24 MINUTES,

AND HE'S TIRED--

TECHNIQUE IS NOTTHE DEFINING FACTOR THERE.

IT'S COURAGE AND HEART

AND DETERMINATION TO WIN.

narrator: CHANDLER'S COACHAND STAFF

IS DETERMINEDTO AVENGE THE STING

OF THE LAST FIGHT.

- WE'RE GOING TO WIN THIS FIGHT.

100% CONFIDENT IN IT.

IT'S PRETTY CUT-AND-DRY.

THIS IS THE BIGGEST FIGHTOF HIS LIFE.

HE KNOWS THAT.WE ALL KNOW THAT.

WE KNOW WHAT'S AT STAKE.

- WE CAN'T LOOKAT THE FIRST FIGHT.

WE CAN'T LOOKAT THE SECOND FIGHT

AND THINK WE CAN PREDICTWHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN.

THIS IS A NEW OPPONENT.

THIS IS A NEW MIKE.

WE'RE GOING IN THEREAND WINNING THIS FIGHT.

- AND MY GOAL IS TO GO OUT THERE

AND BE SO DOMINANT

THAT I'M GONNA GO OUT THEREAND FINISH THE FIGHT

JUST LIKE I HAVE IN 10OF MY 13 FIGHTS.

narrator: HIS 28-YEAR JOURNEY

HAS LED HIM TO A TIME AND PLACE

WHERE THE MMA WORLD IS WATCHING

HIS EVERY MOVE.

ON MAY 17TH,

HE WILL MARSHALALL OF HIS RESOURCES

ONE MORE TIME

AGAINST HIS GREATEST RIVAL.

- STYLISTICALLY, EDDIE ALVAREZAND MICHAEL CHANDLER

HAVE NOT HAD A BAD FIGHT,

AND WHEN THEY DO GETINSIDE THE CAGE,

THEY'RE GONNA GIVE YOUSOMETHING INCREDIBLE.

- MICHAEL CHANDLER WILL BECOME

THE BEST MMA FIGHTERIN THE WORLD

BECAUSE OF WHERE HE COMES FROM,HIS ROOTS,

AND JUST HOW HARD HE TRAINS.

IT'S A PASSIONTHAT HE THROWS INTO IT

THAT HE'S GONNA BETHE GREATEST EVER.

- THERE'S A CONSTANT STRUGGLEFOR PERFECTION

AND A STRUGGLEFOR GETTING BETTER,

AND THAT'S WHAT FIGHTING ISTO ME.

WHEN YOU PUT EVERYTHINGTHAT YOU CAN

INTO A TRAINING CAMP

AND YOU KNOW YOU'RE DOING MORETHAN THE GUY YOU'RE FIGHTING,

THEN THERE SHOULD BE NO REASONWHY YOU SHOULD

EVEN HAVE ANY FEAR OF LOSING.

HOW DOES EDDIEWIN THE NEXT FIGHT?

IS HE FIGHTING ME?

HE DOESN'T WIN THE NEXT FIGHT,THEN.

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