Chandler (left) and Alvarez have a new date for their title
bout. | Photo: Keith Mills
Chandler will receive his shot at Bellator
lightweight champion Eddie
Alvarez, albeit a bit later than originally anticipated.
Alvarez and Chandler are set to lock horns at
Bellator 58, the Chicago-based promotion announced Wednesday
via Twitter. The two had initially been slated to square off at
Bellator 54 on Oct. 15, but Alvarez was forced to withdraw from
that event due to injury.
Sherdog.com has also confirmed with a source close to the situation
that third-season women’s 115-pound tournament semifinalist
Aguilar will meet Lisa
Ellis-Ward at the Nov. 19 event. The bout is a rematch of a
February 2006 bout in which Ellis-Ward submitted the debuting
Featuring a non-title, 195-pound catchweight affair between
middleweight champ Hector
Lombard and Trevor
Prangley, Bellator 58 will emanate from the Seminole Hard Rock
Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla. The evening’s main card airs
live on MTV2 and Epix.
Widely regarded as one of the world’s best lightweights, Alvarez
has not lost since suffering a 2008 submission defeat at the hands
of current Dream champion Shinya Aoki.
Since that loss, Alvarez has won seven straight bouts, going
undefeated through his six-fight Bellator career. Most recently,
the Philadelphia Fight Factory product successfully defended his
Bellator title for the first time by outpointing Pat Curran at
April’s Bellator 39.
Former All-American wrestler Chandler is undefeated through his
eight-fight MMA career. The Xtreme Couture representative used
superior wrestling to win Bellator’s Season 4 lightweight
tournament, besting Marcin Held,
Woodard and Patricky
Freire to earn the tournament crown. Chandler, 25, has finished
six of his eight conquered foes by either knockout or submission.