Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez II

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Their first bout was an instant classic. Two years later, Eddie Alvarez returns to challenge Michael Chandler for the Lightweight World Championship.

>> THAT IS WHAT IS AT STAKE,

BELLATOR LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD

ADVERTISEMENT ROUND ONE.

ALVAREZ IN THE RED TRUNK,

CHANDLER IN THE WHITE

TRUNKS.

>> CHANDLER LIKES TO KEEP

HIS HANDS LOW AND ALLOW THE

SPEED.

THAT MIGHT BE A MISTAKE

AGAINST EDDIE.

>> SIDE MOVEMENT FROM

ALVAREZ.

SWING AND MISS, SLIP BY

CHANDLER.

>> ONE THING THAT'S

IMPRESSED ME ABOUT EDDIE IS

FOOTWORK.

NOT A LOT OF GUYS IN MMA

HAVE THAT BOXING ANGLING

FOOTWORK.

>> RIGHT HAND LANDS FROM

ALVAREZ.

CHANDLER TRYING TO ESTABLISH

THE JAB.

CHANDLER COMING FORWARD.

>> ONE ADVICE I WOULD HAVE

GIVEN EDDIE ALVAREZ FIRST

ROUND IF I WAS HIS COACH IS

MOVE, MOVE.

HEAD MOVEMENT, FOOT MOVEMENT,

DON'T STAND IN FRONT OF HIM

LIKE YOU DID THE LAST FIGHT.

>> MAKE HIM MISS.

FRUSTRATE HIM.

MAKE HIM PAY.

>> ALVAREZ LOOKING VERY

LOOSE ON HIS FEET.

NOW LOOKING FOR THE SINGLE

LEG.

>> HE'S DOING WELL TO

DEFEND.

GETS THE SEPARATION.

>> GOOD LEFT JAB BY ALVAREZ.

ALREADY AN ABRASION UNDER

CHANDLER'S RIGHT EYE.

GOOD RIGHT HAND BY ALVAREZ.

>> EDDIE LOVES THAT PUNCH,

THAT LEAD RIGHT HAND.

>> ALVAREZ JUST WAVING

CHANDLER IN.

>> CHANDLER YET TO FIND THE

STRIKING TIMING.

>> THAT'S ALL EDDIE WANTS TO

DO, FRUSTRATE THE KID, ANGLE

MOVE, MAKE HIM MISS, MAKE

HIM FRUSTRATED.

MAY BE NATURALLY FASTER.

PICKS UP A LOT OF BOXING,

BUT EDDIE ALVAREZ MORE

EXPERIENCED.

>> GOOD RIGHT HAND BY

CHANDLER.

CHANDLER SWINGING HARD AS HE

STEPS INTO THE POCKET,

JIMMY.

ABOVE THE WAISTLINE FROM

CHANDLER.

WALKING FORWARD.

CHANDLER LEFT FROM ALVAREZ.

GOOD RIGHT HAND.

LOOKING FOR THE SINGLE LEG.

BACK TO HIS FEET.

1:45 REMAINING ROUND ONE.

SCHEDULED FOR FIVE.

THIS IS THE BELLATOR

LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD TITLE.

ONE THING EDDIE IS GOING TO

HAVE TO DO IS MAKE ALVAREZ

PAY WHEN HE MAKES A MISTAKE.

RIGHT NOW HE'S THE AGGRESSOR

IN THIS FIGHT.

ISN'T LANDING EFFECTIVELY

YET, BUT HE'S PUSHING THE

PACE.

STRATEGY AGAINST SOMEBODY

LIKE THAT IS LAND GOOD

COUNTER STRIKES.

>> MISSING BADLY WITH THAT

LEAD LEFT HOOK.

>> WHEN HE COMES FORWARD,

ALVAREZ A LOT OF LATERAL

MOVEMENT JIMMY.

>> NICE JAB.

CAUGHT.

CHANDLER POUNCES.

ONE HOOK IN.

BIG TAKEDOWN.

CHANDLER HAS HIS RIGHT HOOK

IN.

>> I CAN'T SEE HOW DEEP IT

IS.

>> REAR NAKED CHOKE,

CHANDLER LOOKING TO FINISH,

278 SECONDS TO GO

CONTRIBUTION HE FIND IT IN

HIS TIME?

NO.

GREAT SUBMISSION DEFENSE

FROM ALVAREZ AS HE POWERS

OUT.

WHAT A LOOK OF DETERMINATION

ON THE FACE OF ALVAREZ.

JOE McCARTHY RECOGNIZES THE

ACCIDENTAL HEAD BUTT.

CHANDLER RIGHT BACK TO IT,

DRIVING IN.

FLIP BY CHANDLER.

HERE COMES ROUND TWO.

>> CIRCLE TO THE OTHER SIDE.

HE THROWS EVERYTHING.

HE'S MISSING EVERYTHING.

DON'T KICK WITH THE RIGHT.

WAIT UNTIL WE CALL IT OUT.

RELAX.

SHOOT UP.

LET HIM MISS.

THEN YOU WAIT FOR HIM.

>> YOU SEE THE RIGHT HAND

MISS, CHANDLER ANSWERING

BACK, HERE AT THE END OF THE

ROUND, LOOK AT THIS

BEAUTIFUL DUMP, AND THEN

ONLY ONE HOOK IN, TRYING TO

FINISH THAT.

LOOK AT THE LOOK ON EDDIE

ALVAREZ'S FACE.

THAT WAS TIGHT, EVEN WITHOUT

THE HIP PRESSURE, EVEN

WITHOUT THE HOOKS IN, HE