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And So It Ends: Eddie Alvarez Settles With Bellator, Will Rematch Michael Chandler at November 2nd PPV


(As part of their co-promotional agreement with Viacom, Alvarez and Chandler will also appear in a tag-team match against the Nasty Boys. / Photo via Getty)

MMA’s most public and nasty legal battle since the UFC vs. Randy Couture has reached a thankful conclusion. MMAJunkie’s John Morgan breaks the news that former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez has settled his contract dispute with Bellator, and will compete in a title-fight rematch against Michael Chandler at the promotion’s “Rampage vs. Otiz” pay-per-view, November 2nd at the Long Beach Arena.

Maybe it’s not the best-case scenario for Eddie, but at least he’ll be competing and earning money again, for the first time since last October. As he explained to MMAJunkie:

I couldn’t be happier right now. We’ve been trying to settle since the very beginning of this. [Ed. note: O RLY?] We were able to compromise and put it behind us. I’m happy to put my name on the dotted line and move forward with my career…I’m not big on problems. I normally just deal with solutions. In business, there are problems just like a relationship. There’s good, there’s bad, and there’s ugly. You need to be able to compromise and not deal with problems.”

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney wouldn’t disclose terms of the settlement, but stated that his promotion was able to find “a common ground” with Alvarez. Rebney also mentioned that there will be more big-name additions to the 11/2 card.

And so, Bellator’s first pay-per-view gets a pay-per-view-caliber fight, and Eddie Alvarez likely ends up with a new contract that was considerably better than his old one. (Competition is never a bad thing in the fight game.) But can Alvarez stay competitive in the rematch, after a year-long layoff? Check out video of Alvarez vs. Chandler 1 after the jump, and let us know what you think…


(Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler, Bellator 58, 11/19/11)

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Fried Taco- August 14, 2013 at 9:07 am
Eddie gets a huge bonus if he wins by flying gogoplata in the first 20 seconds.
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NuclearSun- August 13, 2013 at 6:24 pm
Awesome! But the boycott doesn't end til THIS fight becomes the main event!!
Mr_Misanthropy- August 13, 2013 at 3:01 pm
This fight better be the main event. If they put Tito and Rampage ahead on the bill not only will it be a giant insult to these gentlemen but it also could potentially ruin the momentum from what is pretty sure to be a good fight barring a quick KO.
danomite- August 13, 2013 at 10:51 am
The only way Eddie wins in this situation is if his contract is so expensive it bankrupts bellator and the UFC buys up his contract.
stak- August 13, 2013 at 10:49 am
I can now end my boycott.
ReX13- August 13, 2013 at 8:35 am
This was a foregone conclusion as soon as Bellator announced a PPV. Hell, this is **the reason** Bellator announced a PPV.

Still, going to be one hell of a fight.
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