It’s been a crazy couple of months for Bellator, as after shocking many fans with the announcement that “Rampage” Jackson would fight Tito Ortiz on November 2nd, the latter injured his neck and had to withdraw. Not only that, but the promotion decided to pull the plug on its first pay-per-view attempt as a result.
Thankfully for Bellator, the promotion had another huge fight booked for tonight, as lightweight champion Michael Chandler will take on Eddie Alvarez for a second time. It’s a fight a lot of people are excited to see, not only because round one in 2011 was so amazing, but because the two are top tier lightweights. As a result, the fight has been moved into main event status, and it’s change that Alvarez says he saw coming all along (comments via MMA Junkie.com):
“What did I think? ‘I told you so.’ That’s what I thought,” Alvarez said. “You can ask everyone at Bellator. That’s what I thought in my own head. I told them all. I said, ‘Me and Mike are going to be the main event.’ As soon as they said we’re co-main event to Tito and ‘Rampage,’ I told them we’d be the main event. I guaranteed them that.
“I knew in my head that Tito or ‘Rampage,’ one of them would not make it through their training camp. These are guys who have been in this sport so long. I’ve been in this sport long, and I have dings and I’m lucky to make it through a training camp. Tito’s been plagued with injuries and it didn’t take a genius to see that one coming.”
Chandler won the first bout back at Bellator 58 by tapping Alvarez out with a rear-naked-choke in the fourth round. If you’re wondering, the champion is the favourite heading into tonight’s fight on the betting lines, in the -250 to -330 range.
Bellator 106 will be hosted by the Long Beach Convention Center and will be broadcast on SPIKE.
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