MENU
#UFC Fight Night 118 #Darren Till #Donald Cerrone #Artem Lobov #Bellator 185 #Andre Fili #KSW 40 #MMA Rocks #Karolina Kowalkiewicz #Gegard Mousasi #Alexander Shlemenko #Norman Parke #Conor McGregor #Kristina Williams #Jan Blachowicz


Eddie Alvarez at Dream 3 in Japan

Eddie Alvarez at Dream 3 in Japan

After a spectacular run through the Bellator Season 4 Lightweight Tournament, Michael Chandler earned a world title shot. With victories over Polish prodigy Marcin Held, submission specialist Lloyd Woodard and explosive Brazilian Patricky “Pitbull” Freire, Chandler’s dream to become the next Bellator lightweight champion is a win away from becoming reality.

On Oct. 15, from the Boardwalk Hall Ballroom in Atlantic City, N.J., Chandler will get his chance against reigning Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. The fight will air live on MTV2.

“Fighting this close to home on this big of stage is awesome,” said Alvarez. “I’ve never lost a fight in the States, and I certainly don’t plan on losing this one. I’ve never had this much time to prepare for a fight, and you’re going to see that preparation on display Oct. 15.”

Alvarez brings a near perfect record into the fight, as the Philadelphia native sports an incredible 22-2 professional record, with Bellator tournament wins over Greg Loughran, Eric Reynolds, and Toby Imada during his Season 1 Lightweight Tournament Championship run.

This won’t be Alvarez’s first title defense, as he successfully defended his title against current Featherweight Tournament Finalist Pat Curran at Bellator 39. The two engaged in a five-round battle that eventually ended with Alvarez securing a unanimous decision victory. Having time to scout the competition, Alvarez is more than ready to take on an eager Chandler.

“I watched the Lightweight Tournament very closely, and was really impressed with a lot of the competition,” Alvarez said. “Knowing that Chandler is my opponent, I’ve already gone back and started to watch film, and I’ll be ready. He brings a really good pace, and it’s going to be a great fight.”

Chandler, an undefeated product out of Xtreme Couture, looks to be one of the toughest tests that Alvarez has faced during his distinguished career. Only 25, Chandler brings an impressive wrestling pedigree with an improved striking game that was on display during his Bellator Lightweight Finals appearance against Patricky Pitbull at Bellator 44. Having studied Alvarez’s previous fights, Chandler already feels prepared for what faces him at Bellator 54.

“Eddie is obviously a world class lightweight, but in a lot of the fights I have watched, no one has really pushed the pace against him. I want to put him on his heels, and make him respond to what I’m doing in the cage. I’ve got a few months to prepare, and I’ll be more than ready for Oct. 15.”

“Anyone that has heard me speak on the topic knows I feel Eddie Alvarez is the best lightweight in the world,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “With that said, Michael’s tournament run was one of the most impressive displays I’ve seen from any fighter, and their title fight on Oct. 15 should be an absolute war. As a fan of the sport, this is a fight I can’t wait to see.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Galleries

Eddie Alvarez Fights

  • a year ago
  • 4438 views

Comments

Show Comments

Related News

Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2532 with Michael Chandler and Walt Harris

  • 26 days ago
  • 2 views

Stream or download Tuesday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Michael Chandler and Walt HarrisFiled under: Bellator, News, Radio, UFC read news >>

Patricky Freire says he should get title shot before Michael Chandler

  • 29 days ago
  • 7 views

Bellator lightweight Patricky “Pitbull” Freire believes he’s earned the right to cut the line of contenders at 155 pounds.Filed under: Bellator, News, Videos read news >>

Bizarre Bellator title triangle: Michael Chandler, Patricky Freire, Brent Primus battle on social media

  • 27 days ago
  • 15 views

Patricky Freire thinks he should fight for Brent Primus’ title. Michael Chandler is in the conversation. And they’re all on social media.Filed under: Bellator, Blue Corner, Featured Videos, News read news >>

Sorry 'Pitbull': Scott Coker says Michael Chandler first for champ Brent Primus

  • 27 days ago
  • 17 views

Patricky Freire and Brent Primus might have signed off on a fight, Bellator chief Scott Coker hasn’t forgotten about Michael Chandler.Filed under: Bellator, News, Videos read news >>

Pat Curran vs. John Teixeira among 3 additions to next month's Bellator 184

  • 27 days ago
  • 11 views

A featherweight scrap between former Bellator champ Pat Curran and Brazilian veteran John Teixeira is among three additions recently made official for next month’s Bellator 184 event.Filed under: Bel read news >>

Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Michael Chandler and Walt Harris

  • 27 days ago
  • 5 views

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Michael Chandler and Walt Harris.Filed under: Bellator, News, UFC read news >>

USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, Sept. 26: Does Jessica Andrade deserve another title shot?

  • 27 days ago
  • 9 views

With both the UFC and Bellator in action over the weekend, plenty of fighters had a chance to make a statement, but perhaps none did more so than Jessica Andrade.Filed under: Bellator, MMA Rankings, read news >>

Bellator 183 Fighter Salaries: Patricky Pitbull Takes Top Spot | MMAWeekly.com

  • 27 days ago
  • 46 views

Not only did Patricky “Pitbull” Freire get the better of Benson Henderson at Bellator 183, he also took the top spot on the list of fighter salaries. read news >>

He missed weight and lost a title shot, but is there still hope for Bellator's Leandro Higo?

  • 27 days ago
  • 11 views

After a split-decision loss to champ Eduardo Dantas to kick off his Bellator run, Leandro Higo believes a win over Joe Taimanglo at Bellator 184 could help get him to another title shot.Filed under: read news >>

Bellator 183 salaries: Patricky Freire earns event-best $110,000

  • 26 days ago
  • 11 views

Patricky Freire earned the largest disclosed payday at this past weekend’s Bellator 183 event.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>