Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez recently told MMAFighting.com that his trilogy bout against Michael Chandler would be on pay-per-view, and Bellator MMA Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney confirmed this today.
Rebney announced that the trilogy fight between the two lightweights will be on pay-per-view and a date for the event is still to be determined.
“I am fortunate to be the guy who is going to be able to put on Alvarez versus Chandler III for the lightweight world title,” Rebney said. “It will be a pay-per-view event. We have not finalized a date yet but it will be incredible.”
Chandler and Alvarez initially met at Bellator 58 in 2011 with Chandler scoring a submission victory in the fourth round to become the second Bellator lightweight champion. Their rematch came back in November at Bellator 106 and Alvarez won a close split decision.
“These two guys, the first fight that they had was the best fight I had ever seen live,” Rebney said. “The second fight they had was one of the best fights I’ve ever seen. Sometimes guys just match-up and stylistically they can not help but just give you pure magic when they enter the cage. These two guys are that.”
“That last performance that they had on November 2, it was heartwrenching. It was an unbelievable performance. We’re going to do the third fight. It will be a pay-per-view. The lightweight title will be on the line, and I can’t wait to see it.”
An announcement on when this fight will take place will be announced soon, along with the venue and the complete fight card.