Chandler: Alvarez will need a baseball bat
With yesterday’s news that Eddie Alvarez had finally reached an agreement with Bellator to return to action, champion Michael Chandler couldn’t be happier to learn he’ll fight Alvarez on PPV. Chandler defeated Alvarez the first time they met in an action packed fight and is super confident heading into the rematch:
“I absolutely think [I hold the striking advantage]” Chandler said. “I think Alvarez threw every single thing he had at me (in the first fight), so I think he’s got that in the back of his mind. He’s going to need to bring a baseball bat into that cage to get me on the ground. That’s the confidence that I have.
“The speed of my hands has gotten faster. I think the power of my hands has gotten harder, has increased, and it’s just the confidence that I bring into the cage. … I’m not going to say that I hold the advantage anywhere, but I think I am the better fighter now, two years later especially.”
Beaming with confidence, Chandler is aware of the pitfalls and possibility of being lulled into another back-and-forth battle against Alvarez, but ultimately a short day of work is a successful day of work, and if the fight lasts a mere 44 seconds like Chandler’s most recent outing, he has absolutely no problem with that.
“I think you’re going to see two even better fighters than what stepped in the cage in 2011, so it’s going to be pretty exciting,” he said. “There’s going to be a possibility for another knockdown, drag-out (fight). But in my mind, I’ve gotten so much better, my goal is as every single fight: Go out there and get a quick finish.”