Bellator Confirms Alvarez-Chandler III, Jackson-Lawal For May 17th PPV
By FCF Staff
As expected would be the case, Bellator has confirmed that the highly anticipated rubber match between Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler will headline the promotion’s first pay-per-view event. The May 17th card will be hosted by the Landers Center, which is located just outside of Memphis, Tennessee.
In addition, the promotion has announced that the Season 10 light-heavyweight tourney final between “Rampage” Jackson and “King Mo” Lawal, will serve as the co-main-event.
Chandler (12-1) and Alvarez (25-3) and fought for a second time in November, and the latter took the lightweight championship in a thrilling fight via split decision. In 2011, Chandler tapped out Alvarez with a fourth round, rear-naked-choke to become Bellator champ.
Jackson (34-11) will return to his native Memphis having quickly stopped Christian M’Pumbu at Bellator 110 last month, in the tourney semifinals.
“I’ve been wanting to come back to Memphis for the last decade, and I’m finally getting that chance to fight in one of the biggest fights of my career for Bellator,” Jackson said in a press release from the promotion. “After being part of the Bellator family for a while now, I feel like the old Rampage, and that’s not a good thing for Mo. I’m back, I’m a monster, and I’m looking to put on another entertaining fight for all my fans on May 17th.”
Lawal (12-3), meanwhile, worked his way to a unanimous decision win over Mikhail Zayats to advance to the finals.
“When it comes down to it, this is a fight I’ve wanted for a long time, and I’m going to be able to beat his ass in his hometown, and everyone is going to respect me,” Lawal said. “Rampage is just a stepping stone in my way to get that title shot again and get that belt. It’s all I want, and after I beat Rampage, I’m going for that belt, simple as that.”
Bellator was set for its first PPV event in November, however, after Tito Ortiz withdrew due to injury, the promotion aired Bellator 106 on SPIKE. Ortiz had been scheduled to fight Jackson in the main event.