Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez will defend his title against rival Michael Chandler in the most highly anticipated fight of 2014. The main event will be the third fight in the trilogy between the two lightweight fighters and will be sure to draw the attention of millions of fans. Chandler won by a spectacular submission in Bellator 58, but Alvarez won by a close 5-round split decision in Bellator 106. Both bouts were recognized as “the fight of the year” and Bellator fans are expecting nothing less for their third battle.
“I’m excited to be headlining the first Bellator Pay-Per-View, and just excited to get back in there,” Chandler said. “I’m going to bring the fight like always, and I’m not going to leave any doubt that I’m one of the best lightweights in the world. Whenever you suffer your first loss, you want that chance to avenge that defeat, and I have that opportunity on May 17th.”
“Like every fight, you are only as good as your last performance,” Alvarez said. “I always go out and try to put out the best performance possible, and that’s what I’m going to do May 17th. Mike and I have a long history together, and everyone knows what type of battles we’ve had, but I’m training in a manner that should end the fight quickly. I want a fast, quick fight that is going to keep me as Bellator Champion.”