Source: Bellator MMA
Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez will defend his title against Michael Chandler in the third bout of their trilogy on May 17th, as part of Bellator MMA's first-ever PPV event. The night also features the return to Memphis by its native son Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who will square off against King Mo Lawal in the finals of the Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament. The event will take place from The Landers Center, located just outside Memphis, on Saturday, May 17th. Tickets for the event will go on sale this Friday.
The main event is the third installment in a dramatic MMA trilogy, which has featured a spectacular submission victory for Chandler at Bellator 58 and a hard-fought five-round split decision victory for Alvarez at Bellator 106 this past November. Both of their previous fights were considered for “Fight of The Year” by the MMA media and fans.
A native of South Memphis, Rampage returns to The River City for the first time in 15 years to battle King Mo in the Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Finals. Since joining Bellator in 2013, Rampage has delivered two highlight reel knockouts, and he will face his toughest test in Bellator to date when he battles King Mo.
“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. “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 feels that he is the one who is being overlooked in this encounter.
“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 stated. “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 Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney could not help but voice his excitment in the upcoming bout.
“We now have two fights on this card that are absolute fireworks,” he remarked. “Like I said before, we have Alvarez and Chandler headlining a card that will end the best trilogy ever in MMA, and now we’ve added two more superstars to the mix with Rampage and King Mo. May 17th is going to be an absolutely huge night for Bellator, live on Pay-Per-View.”