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Michael Chandler Says He Wants to Fight Eddie Alvarez

January 4, 2013 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler recently spoke with MMAjunkie about a potential rematch with Eddie Alvarez, his upcoming title defense against Rick Hawn and more. Check out the highlights:

On giving Alvarez a rematch: “I think pretty much every MMA fan out there wants Chandler-Alvarez 2, so give the fans what they want. If he stays in Bellator, let’s fight. Let’s do it two times, three times, four times, who cares. We’re fighters. Our job is to fight, and our job is to go out there and entertain the fans.”

On Alvarez’s negotiations with both Bellator and the UFC: “Whatever is best for him, I hope it works out for him. He’s obviously motivated mostly by the money. He’s got two or three kids at home and a wife, so he’s got to support them. Wherever he’s getting paid the best is where he’s going to go.”

On his rivalry with Alvarez: “On a smaller scale, it’s a Dominick Cruz/Urijah Faber thing. Me and Alvarez are not rivals. I don’t dislike the guy. I don’t think he dislikes me. I beat him, and I’ll fight him again if I have to, but he’s always going to be a part of my legacy. No matter what, 20 years down the road when they talk about my career and talk about what a great champion I was, they’re going to talk about Alvarez.”

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