Early Friday morning, Bellator posted a photo to their official twitter account which made official a trilogy bout between Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler. The two have split the previous two fights with the title changing hands in each.
Alvarez is the current champion after his win over Chandler at Bellator 106 back in November. You will remember that their second fight headlined a card that was meant to be Bellator’s first PPV event originally headlined by a light-heavyweight bout between Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Tito Ortiz.
Ortiz suffered a fractured neck however and was forced to withdraw from the bout just a few days before though. This injury sent the card back to free TV as it ultimately aired in Spike TV.
Bellator’s PPV plans seemed destroyed and another shot at such an event was seemingly thrown to the wayside with many pundits agreeing that a PPV show would not attract an audience whose size makes such an expense feasible, even with Rampage and Ortiz headlining.
That move to the PPV market is something that Bellator is hard pressed to accomplish however and according to Alvarez in a recent interview with Ariel Helwani for MMAFighting, the third bout between Alvarez and Chandler will headline an unannounced PPV card.
“Yea, we weren’t able to do the first one on PPV and I definitely want to headline a PPV card and we get an opportunity to do that and what a better way to do that than to have one of the best trilogies in MMA history,” Alvarez said. “Why not fight the guy three times, four times, five times, who cares, it’s a hell of a fight every time.
“I’m not gonna play matchmaker. Mike’s a hell of a champion, it was a close fight. Fans have their opinions on who won who didn’t win, let’s do it again, let’s figure it out.”
The PPV has not been announced as official by Bellator MMA and the card that will be headlined by Alvarez vs. Chandler 3 is yet to be announced as well.
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