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Eddie Alvarez to meet Michael Chandler in rubber match this spring

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According to an article Tuesday on ProMMAInsider.com, for the third time, Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler will meet inside a Bellator cage. This time, it will be at the first ever pay-per-view for the promotion scheduled to take place this spring.

During a conference call on Monday, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney revealed the plan. There was no date or location announced for their fight. The 10th season for the promotion begins on Feb. 28 when Bellator 110 takes place from the Mohegan Sun Areana in Uncasville, Conn.

The first time Alvarez and Chandler met was more than two years ago, when Chandler pulled off a big upset, submitting Alvarez in the fourth round at Bellator 58. It was the first loss for Alvarez since 2008, when he was forced to tap out to a heel hook by Shinya Aoki.

After losing to Chandler, Alvarez avenged the Aoki loss, knocking him out. He then followed suit and knocked out Patricky Freire, finishing his Bellator contract and opening up what he thought was an opportunity to sign with the UFC. However, Bellator decided to match the contract offer from the UFC, and Alvarez had no choice but to return to Bellator after exhausting all legal options.

Once his return was official, he was slated to square off with Chandler for the lightweight title at what was supposed to be a pay-per-view event this past November. The event was changed to Spike TV when Tito Ortiz was injured and forced to pull out of the main event against Rampage Jackson.

In one of the best fights of 2013, Alvarez reclaimed his title, taking a split decision victory at Bellator 106. It was the first loss in the career of Michael Chandler. Prior to the loss, Chandler had run off nine straight wins in Bellator, which included winning the season 4 tournament and consecutive title defenses against Rick Hawn and David Rickels.

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