Eddie Alvarez Re-signs With Bellator, Set To Face Michael Chandler on November 2nd

After a long, drawn-out battle that was seemingly heading nowhere while keeping one of the world’s most talented lightweights on the shelf, former Bellator FC champion Eddie Alvarez has re-signed with the promotion. In addition, he’ll face Michael Chandler, the man who took the belt from him two years ago, at the promotion’s inaugural pay-per-view event this November 2nd.

The announcement comes as great news for Alvarez fans, who were wondering if his ugly contract dispute would ever be resolved. Alvarez was reportedly granted his early release from Bellator, but the tune soon changed when talk of him going to the UFC for a fight against Benson Henderson materialized. Alvarez was set to make a huge cut of the PPV if that event hit a certain number of buys, and that apparently lead to huge scrap over the legalities of Bellator matching the contract.

Fortunately, none of those terms are going to matter anymore, and Alvarez will finally be back doing what he does best. In his absence, however, Chandler has developed into one of the finest lightweights on the planet, last seen destroying David Rickels with a first round flurry that left many with their jaws gaping.

It’s going to be an incredibly tough return bout for Alvarez, as it’s difficult to truly gauge where his training level is at after such a long layoff. But he was also in incredible shape, and is most likely chomping at the bit to not only fight, but to avenge his loss to Chandler, who beat with a rear naked choke in November of 2011. That fight was arguably the best bout of the year. Alvarez established his excitement in today’s press release:

“I still lose sleep over my loss to Chandler, and I want it off my record. 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 2.”

Alvarez came back with two impressive knockout victories over Patricky Freire and Shinya Aoki, and looked to have a ton of momentum on his side before the contract dispute arose. Now, he’ll return to face off with his toughest opponent. It’s a great fight, and one that has a lot more relevance that the headliner of Bellator’s first PPV, Rampage Jackson vs. Tito Ortiz.

Can Eddie Alvarez shake off the cobwebs to exact vengeance on the man that now carries his coveted title belt?


5 Comments

  1. Avatar of Brian Cox

    Brian Cox

    August 13, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    It's unfortunate how this all worked out, but I'm glad to see Eddie back and a fight with Chandler will be an excellent bout.

  2. Avatar of matt1926

    matt1926

    August 13, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    I think it's sad that Eddie was unable to go to the UFC. Bellator did him dirty and now he has to go back and fight for them. Can someone from Lowkick find out the particulars of his new contract? I would bet my mortgage it's nowhere near what he could've made in the UFC.

  3. Avatar of Mike Drahota

    Mike Drahota

    August 13, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Yeah, it will be interesting to find out if he's receiving a PPV cut from Bellator

    • Avatar of thexperience1

      thexperience1

      August 13, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      He most likely will…. what i would like to know is the full terms of this deal and how many fights. Cause i'm pretty sure he still wants to make the move to the UFC. They might've offered him a free agent deal after fighting for them 2 or 3 times. Maybe even this one PPV fight. Cause God knows they need him to be on that card to bring some relevance to the whole PPV debut. Which still looks like a joke to me… (even with Alvarez)

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    Entity

    August 14, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Aww krap, I wasnt seeing the "-" in re-signs…..thought he resigned with Bellator and left.
    Oh well, life goes on.

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