On Friday night, Bellator MMA announced they will make their pay-per-view debut on May 17 with one of the biggest lightweight trilogies in mixed martial arts.
Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez will defend his title against Michael Chandler in the most anticipated scrap in company history. Which venue will host the shootout will be announced shortly.
“Like every fight, you are only as good as your last performance,” Alvarez said. “I always go out and try to put out the best performance possible, and that’s what I’m going to do. Mike and I have a long history together, and everyone knows what type of battles we’ve had, but I’m training in a manner that should end the fight quickly. I want a fast, quick fight that is going to keep me as Bellator champion.”
Chandler initially served up an upset special at Bellator 58 to capture the crown, but Alvarez returned the favor with a split decision victory at Bellator 106 this past November.
“I’m excited to be headlining the first Bellator pay-per-view, and just excited to get back in there,” Chandler said. “I’m going to bring the fight like always, and I’m not going to leave any doubt that I’m one of the best lightweights in the world. Whenever you suffer your first loss, you want that chance to avenge that defeat, and I have that opportunity on May 17th.”
No other bouts were confirmed for the show. However, given the fact Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, two of Bellator’s biggest mainstream stars, won their light heavyweight tournament semifinal bouts tonight, it’s likely the promotion will have the rivals co-headline the card.