The return of Philadelphia Fight Factory fighter, and Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez isn’t too far away. Alvarez is scheduled to defend his Bellator Lightweight title for the 2nd time against Michael Chandler Jr. on October 15th at Bellator 54. Bellator 49 is going to be kicking off the next season of the Bellator tournaments in Atlantic City, but Bellator returns to AC for Bellator 54. The Boardwalk Hall will be the place to be on October 15th, to see an action packed Lightweight Championship bout.
Eddie Alvarez won his title back in 2009, defeating Toby Imada in Season One of the Bellator Lightweight tournament. The next year Imada made it back to the finals in Season Two against a relatively unknown fighter by the name of Pat Curran. Curran won, in what some would say, a controversial Split Decision over Imada to become the Season Two Champion, and number one contender for Alvarez’s title. Alvarez defended his title for the first time earlier this year during the Season 3 tournament. In April at Bellator 39, Alvarez went all five rounds with Pat Curran beating him via a dominant Unanimous Decision.
Although Alvarez won the fight dominating every round, for some reason, some MMA journalists criticized Alvarez for not finishing the up and coming, unknown, and unranked talent in Curran (Mr. McNeil I’m talking about you). After getting that first title defense off his back, Alvarez celebrated with his fans at his MMA store in Philadelphia called, The Red Corner (To see article on the title defense celebration CLICK HERE ) . When asked about who he’d like to face as the winner of the Season 3 Lightweight tournament between Patricky “Pitbull” Freire or Michael Chandler Jr., he answered, “Freire.” Freire had been essentially running through his competition during the tournament up until the finals, defeating both former WEC Lightweight Champion “Razor” Rob McCullough and 2-time Bellator Lightweight tournament runner-up Toby Imada by Knockout. Alvarez said, “I believe Patricky will make for a more exciting match-up.” As did basically everyone else.
Chandler was a relatively unknown fighter coming into the Bellator Season Three Lightweight tournament. Chandler was 5-0, and hadn’t really fought anyone big, or hadn’t been really tested in his career yet. Chandler surprised everyone submitting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt, Marcin Held in just under 4 minutes of their Lightweight Quarterfinals bout at Bellator 36. Chandler next fought Lloyd Woodard, who looked good in his Quarterfinals bout, but wasn’t as much of a well-known threat as Chandler’s previous fight. Chandler beat Woodard via a Unanimous Decision at Bellator 40 to move on to the Season Three Lightweight finals.
Coming into the Lightweight Finals, Chandler was a big underdog. As previously stated, Freire was finishing his more well-known opponents in impressive fashion, while Chandler was facing and beating the lesser named fighters. In what was a shock to everyone, Chandler dominated Freire winning the Season Three tournament via Unanimous Decision, and becoming the second challenger for Eddie Alvarez’s Lightweight Title. Also rumored to be fighting on this card is Eddie Alvarez’s training partner, and Bellator Bantamweight Champion Zach Makovsky. Makovsky is rumored to be taking on Ryan Roberts in a non-title Bantamweight bout, but nothing is confirmed thus far.
Tickets for Bellator 54 at the Boardwalk Hall Ballroom in Atlantic City, NJ on October 15th are already on sale. If you would like to see Philadelphia’s own Eddie Alvarez fight live you can buy tickets at Alvarez’s MMA store, The Red Corner located at 868 E. Moyer St. in the Fishtown area of Philadelphia. If you would like to buy them online visit RedCornerMMA.com to buy tickets or anything Eddie Alvarez related. Trust me, you don’t want to miss an Eddie Alvarez fight live, so get your tickets now.