Can Chandler and Alvarez rematch live up to hype?
The first time Eddie Alvarez met Michael Chandler met in the Bellator for cage for the lightweight championship the bout was pure fireworks. A back and forth battle that saw both fighters dropped and hurt, Chandler would finish Alvarez in the fourth round with a submission. Two years later and the two are scheduled to meet again in Saturday’s main event, but can the two recreate the magic of the first bout.
“It takes two people to put a fight on like that,” Alvarez said. “I’ve done it a couple times where I’ve had fight of the year. It’s not what you aspire to. You don’t want to be in a fight of the year. It takes years off your life. But, it’s why fans tune in, it’s why people gravitate towards your fights, its why people want to watch you fight. It’s important to get into them, but it’s important to try not to get into too many of them.
“When you’re in them, it’s enjoyable, it’s why a lot of fighters fight,” Alvarez continued. “To feel that feeling, to deal with that adversity and feel the energy of the fans. It’s something special, but it’s something special you don’t want to experience too many times in your career.”
Chandler’s victory over Alvarez put him on the map, so obviously he remembers the night fondly as well.
“That’s the goal,” Chandler said. “You want to go out there, you want to be known as the guy who people refuse to miss your fight. ‘If Michael Chandler’s fighting, I’m not going to miss that fight.’ You want fans to have that in their mind, they’ve already made that decision. You want to be exciting, you want to be a guy the fans want to see to be involved in a fight like that was great and I’m excited about the fight.”