Neither fighter has ever lost a fight under the Bellator banner.
Lightweight Championship Match Added to Bellator 58
After an injury to Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez (22-2) caused a slight delay in his title defense against season four tournament winner Michael Chandler (8-0), that highly anticipated championship fight has now been reset for Bellator 58. Occurring on November 19th at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, Bellator 58 will also feature a non-title pairing between Middleweight Titleholder Hector Lombard (30-2-1) and UFC veteran Trevor Prangley (23-8-1).
“Anyone that has heard me speak on the topic knows I feel Eddie Alvarez is the best lightweight in the world,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney commented. “With that said, Michael’s tournament run was one of the most impressive displays I’ve seen from any fighter, and their title fight should be an absolute war. As a fan of the sport, this is a fight I can’t wait to see.”
The only two losses in 24 professional fights for Alvarez, who has never lost a match in the United States, came at the hands of Sinya Aoki in Japan and Nick Thompson in Russia. He is currently riding a seven-bout winning streak, and he has also won 12 of his last 13 matches. Alvarez is the only man to have ever held the Bellator Lightweight Championship, winning the inaugural season one tournament by the promotion in 2009. The Pennsylvania native is a collective 6-0 under the Bellator banner, and he successfully defended his belt against season two tournament winner Pat Curran this past April.
Chandler was somewhat of an unknown to the mixed martial arts community prior to his season four tournament run, but he quickly established himself as one of the top prospects in the weight class after notching three impressive victories to win the season crown. Currently fighting out of Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, he wrestled in college alongside Bellator Welterweight Champion Ben Askren and undefeated Strikeforce welterweight Tyron Woodley at the University of Missouri. Among the fighters with whom he now trains include Bellator welterweight Jay Hieron and UFC lightweight Gray Maynard. Chandler signed with Bellator in 2010 and easily stopped Scott Stapp and Chris Page in his first two matches with the promotion. He then defeated Marcin Held, Lloyd Woodard and Patricky Freire to emerge the victor in the latest Bellator Lightweight Tournament, which was held earlier this year.
Tickets for this championship fight are available now through TicketMaster, and non-local fans can also tune into the action on MTV2 or EPIX HD.
Hector Lombard to Face UFC Vet Trevor Prangley