’s legal battle with Bellator MMA has ended.
Bellator officials announced Tuesday that the former lightweight
champion will return to action on Nov. 2 when he rematches current
155-pound ruler Michael
Chandler at Bellator’s inaugural
pay-per-view at Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach,
Alvarez and Chandler first met in Nov. 2011, with Chandler wresting
the lightweight title from around the 29-year-old’s waist in a
“Fight of the Year” nominee. Since that fourth-round submission
loss, Alvarez has won back-to-back fights, knocking out Shinya Aoki
before doing the same to Patricky
Freire last October.
Following his win over “Pitbull,” Alvarez’s Bellator contract
expired, and the lightweight fielded an offer from the UFC.
Bellator exercised its right to match the terms of the deal, but
the two sides disagreed on whether Bellator’s new offer was of
equal value to the UFC’s. The dispute resulted in both sides filing
lawsuits, though the matter has now been settled.
“I still lose sleep over my loss to Chandler, and I want it off my
record,” Alvarez stated in a release. “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 Nov. 2.”
Chandler, meanwhile, has never lost as a mixed martial artist,
rattling off 12 straight victories to start his MMA career.
Following his triumph over Alvarez, the 27-year-old conquered
Japanese veteran Akihiro Gono
in a non-title affair before defending his belt successfully
against tournament winners Rick Hawn and
“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 [that] on
Nov. 2 my hand will be raised and the belt will be around my
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