Michael Chandler versus Eddie Alvarez- Reliving One of the Epic MMA Battles

Published 05/03/2021, 1:15 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Michael Chandler battles Dan Hooker during the UFC 257 event at UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


At UFC 262 on May 15, Michael Chandler will fight Charles Oliveira for the vacant lightweight title. Chandler, who is one of the latest entries in the UFC, got a quick title shot after a win over Dan Hooker in his first UFC bout.

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The reason UFC gave him the title shot was that ‘Iron’ has already proven himself against top talent at Bellator. One such talent was the former Bellator and UFC champion, Eddie Alvarez. They met each other at Bellator 58 in 2011 to battle for the lightweight championship.

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‘The Underground King’ Eddie Alvarez was the defending champion, and Chandler was the young and hungry contender. Both fighters were undefeated in the organization with six wins for Alvarez and five victories for Michael Chandler.

Round 1: Michael Chandler starts with a fury of punches

‘Iron’ came in aggressively and started the fight with a left hook. He dropped ‘The Underground King’ with a flurry of punches. For a moment it looked like the fight was about to end, but Alvarez countered with a huge right hand and stunned his opponent for a second.

Chandler got an immediate takedown, but couldn’t keep his opponent grounded for long. The fight got back to the feet where Alvarez got dropped again in the final seconds of the first round.

Round 2: Another takedown for the challenger

Chandler got another takedown in the second round after pressing Alvarez to the cage and finally slamming him. But the champ made a quick comeback to his feet and started trading punches with the challenger until the round ended.

Round 3: Eddie Alvarez turns on the heat

In the third round, ‘Iron’ got slower as he looked exhausted. The champ turned the heat on Chandler and connected with his combination of punches.

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 12: Eddie Alvarez of the United States prepares for his fight against Conor McGregor of Ireland (not pictured) in their lightweight championship bout during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Chandler, who tried a single leg takedown, ended up eating hammer fists from the champion. ‘Iron’ started bleeding all over the mat after Alvarez’s punishment resulted in him suffering a cut.

Round 4: The Climax finish by Michael Chandler

The Underground King’ came in very confident after a successful third round. The challenger tried another takedown, but the champion thwarted it. Following the failed takedown, Chandler threw a haymaker with full force that dropped Eddie Alvarez to the ground. The ground and pound became too much to handle as the champion gave him his back. Finally, Chandler finished the fight with a rear-naked choke.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Michael Chandler battles Dan Hooker during the UFC 257 event at UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Michael Chandler successfully captured his first Bellator gold after a flat-out fight with ‘The Underground King’. The duo met in a rematch after two years where Eddie Alvarez avenged the loss and won the fight by a split decision. After that, both men went their separate ways. Alvarez joined the UFC and became the champion, whereas Chandler remained in the Bellator and won back his title.

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Saurabh Singh

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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