Alvarez was thinking about a new Bellator contract, so it threw off his mental preparations for the bout. With all that behind him, Alvarez is ready to prove he can beat Chandler in the main event of Bellator's Nov. 2 card.
"Everything is going to be different," Alvarez said. "The first time I fought Chandler, I needed money. I was thinking about money way too much. I was thinking about my contract. My focus was way off. Not only was it way off, I didn't believe in the people that were guiding me, so I felt like all my decisions in the fight were on me, and it became overwhelming. It was important for me to get better guidance, better coaches to show me the way. That's why I moved to Florida, and man, it's been mind-blowing.
"I'm completely different. I'm a changed man, and you guys will see it. I don't need to say it any longer, or beating your ears about it or sell it to you guys. You'll see it in a few days."
As for Chandler, he saw no reason to trash-talk Alvarez in the lead-up to their Nov. 2 fight in the Bellator cage. Chandler has respect for Alvarez, and he even called him a great competitor.
Chandler knows Alvarez will be coming hard for the belt on Nov. 2, so he plans to be in tip top shape for the fight.
"He's a great competitor," Chandler said of Alvarez. "He knows how to prepare, he knows how to train, he's been in this sport a decade now, so he's coming for that belt. He wants it bad. You guys have heard it in the promos. I'm just believing that I want it more, and it's going to take me getting completely knocked out or a limb breaking and the ref stopping the fight for the fight to be stopped on my part."
Chandler is prepared for a tough test on Nov. 2, and he's hoping that Alvarez will be a willing dance partner in order to put on a great show for the fans.
"It's definitely a test for him. Is he going to be able to come back and be the same Eddie? I'm hoping he is, because that's the best thing for my career and everybody watching that night. We'll see," Chandler said.