Alvarez and Chandler have now fought twice, with both bouts ultimately becoming instant classics. The men are so evenly matched that no one really knew who won their Nov. 2 fight at Bellator 106 until Alvarez was announced the victor via split decision after 25 grueling minutes of action.
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney says Alvarez vs Chandler III is headed for PPV, but he's going to let both men rest up until they are fully healed.
"I think part of the magic that they were able to create tonight was based on the fact that Ed had a long period off and was able to heal and recreate what he does," Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said. "Michael got a lot of time off, and Michael had a couple of title defenses, but they were short-order title defenses (in which) he took no damage. But [the rematch is] the kind of fight that you're going to need to take some time off. Once they're both back at 120 percent, there's nothing in the way of doing No. 3."
Rebney said it was a no-brainer to make the decision to put Alvarez vs Chandler III on PPV.
"Not unless I have my brains removed," Rebney joked to MMAjunkie.com following Saturday's event, which took place at Long Beach Arena in California. "I mean, please. How could you not?"
Alvarez and Chandler both went to the hospital following their fight at Bellator 106, but the former came out to address the media for a few minutes before heading out.
"I was going to go ahead right to the hospital, too, right along with Mike, but I told Bjorn that I'd come for a few minutes to address you guys," Alvarez said. "I'm going to take zero credit for what happened tonight. It takes two people to put on a fight like that, not just me. Me and Mike Chandler. The guy fights his ass off. He has the heart of a lion, and it takes two of us to do that.
"We went out there and put it on the line. Really, at the end of that fight, I didn't give a s--t about who won that fight. It was just special to be a part of it, and I'm happy to be a part of it."