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GDPofDRB 08-13-2013 11:45 AM

Eddie Alvarez and Bellator mend fences, book Michael Chandler rematch for PPV by Joh
 
http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2013/0...ematch-for-ppv

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Eddie Alvarez and Bellator mend fences, book Michael Chandler rematch for PPV

by John Morgan on Aug 13, 2013 at 8:00 am ET



(This story also appears on usatoday.com.)

Former Bellator MMA lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez's contract dispute is over, and he's returning to the California-based promotion to face the man who took his title.

The rematch with reigning titleholder Michael Chandler will serve as the co-main event of Bellator's first-ever pay-per-view offering, Bellator 106, which takes place Nov. 2 at California's Long Beach Arena. Former UFC champs Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Tito Ortiz clash in the headliner.

"I couldn't be happier right now," Alvarez told USA TODAY Sports and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "We've been trying to settle since the very beginning of this. We were able to compromise and put it behind us. I'm happy to put my name on the dotted line and move forward with my career.

Alvarez (24-3 MMA, 9-1 BMMA) and Chandler (12-0 MMA, 9-0 BMMA) first met in November 2011, with Chandler taking Alvarez's belt by scoring a fourth-round submission win in a matchup that earned fight of the year recognition.

Alvarez rallied back with wins over Shinya Aoki and Patricky "Pitbull" Freire before electing to test the waters of free agency. When the sport's largest promotion, the UFC, offered Alvarez a contract, Bellator officials said they matched the deal word-for-word, though the two promotions' differing business plans left some question as to whether a true match was even possible, especially with Bellator promising to place Alvarez in PPV events despite having never promoted a PPV show.

Both Alvarez and Bellator filed lawsuits, and the sometimes-bitter and public feud looked to have no end in sight.

Now that's all changed, though Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney said the exact nature of the details will remain private.

"Terms of the settlement have to remain confidential," he said. "We kept a constant line of communication going, and eventually in these types of situations, you find a common ground. We were able to find a common ground.

"Honestly, this is a business, and Ed's a world-class fighter. I'm in the business of putting on world-class fights, so that's honestly the story."

Alvarez, who's ranked No. 12 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA lightweight rankings (Chandler is No. 3), hasn't fought since October. However, he said he's remained sharp by helping training partners such as Frankie Edgar and Edson Barboza prepare for their UFC bouts and is anxious to avenge the Chandler loss.

"I wasn't perfect," Alvarez said. "I wasn't focused enough that night, and I lost. It doesn't happen a lot, but it does happen. I'm OK with it, but I'm ready to correct the mistakes.

"I'm ready to be perfect, and I'm ready to be in there and put on a fight and get my hand raised."

While the relationship between Alvarez and Bellator officials wasn't necessarily pleasant during negotiations, the fighter insists there won't be any lingering issues and motivation won't be an issue.

"I'm not big on problems," Alvarez said. "I normally just deal with solutions. In business, there are problems just like a relationship. There's good, there's bad, and there's ugly. You need to be able to compromise and not deal with problems."

Rebney agreed with that sentiment.

"When you run a business like this one, there are going to be situations that occur where you have conflict," he said. "When you've got 175-plus fighters under contract, when you've got large-scale relationships with nearly 130 television networks around the world, when you've got sponsors, you've got licensees and you've got all these other people in place, it's just the nature of this industry and many others. You're going to run into conflict.

"I think that when you have a position and you believe that position to be right, you stick to it. But at the same time, like I've said from the beginning of this, we were never taking a position where we weren't willing to settle, and we were always looking for a way to put that rematch on. We've done it."

In addition to Jackson vs. Ortiz and Chandler vs. Alvarez, Rebney promised there will be other star-studded additions to the Nov. 2 lineup. Alvarez hopes his supporters tune in.

"I want to thank my fans for all the support they've given me throughout this whole thing," he said. "I hope that everyone's happy that Bellator and I were able to reach an agreement and move forward and get a fight that fans want to see. I hope everyone is as excited as I am."

For more on "Bellator 106: Rampage vs. Tito," stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez)
Good news. Good fight, one of the hottest possible rematches in the MMA world. They could make this the main event and probably should. Doesn't mean they have to promote Rampage vs Tito any less at all. UFC 79 was Chuck vs Wanderlei 100% no question. That GSP fought the main event in no way at all hid that.

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Ariel Helwani saying that a solid source told him the deal with Alvarez's contract is that if he loses this fight, he can walk away and go to the UFC. If he wins, he has to do the trilogy.
Savvy business.

The Best Around 08-13-2013 11:54 AM

Wish he was going to the UFC, but better than nothing. Should be the best fight in company history, and it's a joke that it's the co-main event for a fight between two bums who are 1-9-1 in their last 11. Bellator really must be striving to be the TNA of MMA, still can't take them seriously.

GDPofDRB 08-13-2013 12:00 PM

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Originally Posted by The Best Around (Post 2222481)
Wish he was going to the UFC, but better than nothing. Should be the best fight in company history, and it's a joke that it's the co-main event for a fight between two bums who are 1-9-1 in their last 11. Bellator really must be striving to be the TNA of MMA, still can't take them seriously.

Wat happens between the bells is the thing that should be taken seriously above all externalities, this is a good move for Eddie. To languish for years with out competing is not something he would of recovered form professionally I think.

HitOrGetHit 08-13-2013 12:29 PM

Can't wait to see this rematch. Chandler is looking like a beast but I still think Alvarez could avenge the loss.


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joshua7789 08-13-2013 12:36 PM

This is going to be awesome.

Rachmunas 08-13-2013 12:41 PM

I was at their first fight with some friends at the Hard Rock in Florida.. I remember telling them at the end of the 3rd round, "this could be fight of the year." Then the same night Henderson fought Shogun.. Can't beat 2 Fight of the Years in one night! I'm really excited for them to fight again!

GDPofDRB 08-13-2013 12:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Rachmunas (Post 2222681)
I was at their first fight with some friends at the Hard Rock in Florida.. I remember telling them at the end of the 3rd round, "this could be fight of the year." Then the same night Henderson fought Shogun.. Can't beat 2 Fight of the Years in one night! I'm really excited for them to fight again!

I was in San Jose at 139 saying the same thing to my buds, then got home and watched the BFC fight at 3 in the morning and was blown away all over again. That was a good day in MMA

Warning 08-13-2013 04:41 PM

This is going to be FNA!!:)

Bknmax 08-13-2013 11:29 PM

I'm fine with whoever wins leaning towards Chandler though,and Rampage TKO Round 2.

Toxic 08-13-2013 11:58 PM

I hate this not because I care if Eddie fights for Bellator but because I don't think it was ever about being able to win a decision in court for Bellator. I think it was always about starving Eddie into re-signing with them.


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