Eddie Alvarez vs Michael Chandler I, Bellator 58, 19 November 2011
Eddie Alvarez vs Michael Chandler I, is the fight that many believed should have been the 2011 fight of the year. Eddie Alvarez takes on Michael Chandler in the finals of the Season Four Bellator Tournaments. This fight was for the Bellator Lightweight Championship. Eddie Alvarez vs Michael Chandler I, was an incredibly competitive and exciting fight that showed the fighters skills standing and on the ground. Both fighters looking for the finish in every second of the fight. A must-see, high-intensity fight for fight fans.
Eddie Alvarez defeated Toby Imada via rear naked choke in 2009 to become the first Bellator Lightweight Champion. Since winning the belt, Eddie went undefeated in his next three Bellator fights against incredible MMA stand-outs Josh Neer, Roger Huerta, and Pat Curran.
Eddie Alvarez is widely regarded as one of the best lightweight MMA fighters that is not competing in the UFC. This action-packed fight is an example of Eddie’s true heart, fighting skill, and warrior spirit. It would be incredibly exciting to watch Eddie compare his abilities against some of the best lightweights in the UFC.
Michael Chandler was a high school football player and an outstanding wrestler at the University of Missouri. Other MMA standouts that wrestled at Missouri include Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley. Going into Eddie Alvarez vs Michael Chandler I, Michael was the younger and less experienced underdog.
Despite having almost half the number of pro-fights as Alvarez, Michael Chandler fought to the finals of the Season Four Bellator Tournament by defeating an incredibly competitive group of fighters. In the quarter-finals, he defeated an exciting submission artist in Lloyd Woodward. In the semi-finals he defeated a terrifying knock out artist in Patricky “Pitbull” Freire. Eddie Alvarez vs Michael Chandler is Michael’s shot at the title.