Bellator announces date of first PPV
March 2, 2014
Bellator announced on Friday that Alvarez-Chandler III will be the main event of Bellator’s First PPV on Saturday, May 17th. Look for Rampage Jackson-King Mo Lawal to be the co-main event if we are to read between the lines.
Bellator press release:
MMA’s greatest trilogy will occur on Saturday, May 17th as Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez will defend his title against Michael Chandler in the most highly anticipated fight of 2014, live on Pay-Per-View. Location and ticket information will be made available shortly.
The main event is the third installment in this epic MMA trilogy that has featured a spectacular submission victory for Chandler at Bellator 58 and a dramatic 5-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.
“These two warriors have produced the two best fights I have ever seen, and on May 17th, two of the greatest lightweights on the planet will close out the best trilogy in MMA,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said.
“I’m excited to be headlining the first Bellator Pay-Per-View, and just excited to get back in there,” Chandler said. “I’m going to bring the fight like always, and I’m not going to leave any doubt that I’m one of the best lightweights in the world. Whenever you suffer your first loss, you want that chance to avenge that defeat, and I have that opportunity on May 17th.”
“Like every fight, you are only as good as your last performance,” Alvarez said. “I always go out and try to put out the best performance possible, and that’s what I’m going to do May 17th. Mike and I have a long history together, and everyone knows what type of battles we’ve had, but I’m training in a manner that should end the fight quickly. I want a fast, quick fight that is going to keep me as Bellator Champion.”
Alvarez had inferred that the third fight with Michael Chandler would be on PPV and here we are although no location was provided in the press release. It will be interesting to see how this PPV is marketed. Will it focus on the trilogy or will it focus on Rampage-King Mo? Although the Jackson-Lawal match has yet to be announced, the altercation on Friday let us know that this is going to happen. The success of Bellator’s PPV will depend on its price point and interest in the fights. The Bellator PPV weekend is sandwiched between two weekends with UFC events so this could be advantageous for the company in its first foray into PPV.