There is not just a lot riding on Bellator 120’s main event between Eddie Alvarez (25-3 MMA, 9-1 BMMA) and Michael Chandler (12-1 MMA, 9-1 BMMA) Not only is this a huge fight in MMA, this could be the last fight that current Bellator MMA lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez has under the Bellator banner.
“There’s so much at stake in this fight between these two guys,” Kay told MMAjunkie. “You’ve got Michael Chandler, who does not want Eddie Alvarez to leave the promotion with his belt right? Chandler is going to be in Bellator for a long time, and he wants to avenge that loss. He is so talented and so driven, so he’s got a lot at stake.
Michael Chandler has five knockouts, five submissions and 2 decision victories in his MMA career. He has been in Bellator since September of 2010 and beat Scott Stapp in his debut. He was on a twelve fight winning streak before meeting Alvarez in his last fight which he lost. Revenge is certainly on his mind!
“Obviously Eddie Alvarez has plenty at stake. He’s an incredibly talented fighter and he’s made a decision that win or lose, he’s probably leaving this promotion. And if he wins, he kind of gets to write his own ticket. If he loses, boy, that’s a lot of risk.”
Eddie Alvarez is a more experienced fighter. He has 14 knockouts, 7 submissions and 4 decisions. Prior to losing to Chandler in their first fight back in 2011, he was on a seven fight winning streak. After the first fight with Chandler, he beat Shinya Aoki and then Patricky Freire to go onto face Chandler for a second time. He beat Chandler in November of 2013 via Split decision.
“I think that’s an amazing fight,” Kay said. “It’s a premium fight, and it deserves to be on pay-per-view.”
Bellator 120 goes down next Saturday night on PPV