At this point in the ongoing “Eddie Alvarez sweepstakes”, the final verdict is still up in the air as to where the former Bellator champ will go. Will it be the UFC or Bellator? It’s too soon to tell, but after Alvarez’s injunction was denied back in January, the tug-of-war will continue. What, then, would his fistic future hold should he stay with Bellator MMA?
The most logical answer would be the fighter who took his lightweight title from him, Michael Chandler. The two engaged in a war of attrition that will not soon be forgotten – if ever. To date, it stands as the single best fight Bellator has ever produced. And that is saying a lot, because in reality, Bellator has put on some fantastic events filled with exciting bouts. But this particular fight stands head and shoulders above the rest, and if there is a bout Bellator would consider showcasing on a future pay-per-view, it would this one. With the promotional resources of Viacom, this fight should be hyped as the rematch of all rematches.
Another option would be to place Alvarez in the next lightweight tournament. After all, when Alvarez first signed with Bellator, it was because of job security. He knew entering a tournament would ensure he’ll have at least three fights that year. Bjorn Rebney came up with the right figure and the rest, as they say, is history. But if Alvarez would be seeded in Bellator’s next lightweight tournament, he should face an opponent that he hasn’t faced before and one people would tune in to see, such as Rick Hawn. Hawn participated in the first lightweight title fight on Spike TV. It was a defeat at the hands of the same man who took Alvarez’s title, Michael Chandler. Hawn is a former 2004 Olympic judo team member with an MMA record of 14-2. He would be an excellent first round test for Alvarez.
And just for shits and giggles, I’d like to see him against undefeated lightweight and current Season Eight semifinalist Will “Ill Will” Brooks. For Alvarez, his excellent wrestling would pose a formidable challenge.