Just over six months after their first attempt did not go so well Bellator have gotten back on the horse and are making another run at doing their first PPV event.
Last time a late injury to headliner Tito Ortiz forced Bjorn Redney and co to switch the event over to Spike. This time however it seems the fate of the event seems a little more positive as Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler III is set to headline with the Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson vs. Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal season final in the co-main slot.
Both of these two fights on their own have enough story and star power behind them to headline any PPV. Alvarez and Chandler have met twice before in two closely contested fight with both men walking away with a win each. Most recently it was Alvarez last December at Bellator 106, there he won the title that he had previously lost to Chandler exactly two years previously.
King Mo and Rampage have long had a ‘beef’ with each other and that most evident at Bellator 110 where both fighters had a post-fight scuffle and then had words at the post-fight presser in which King Mo mentioned Rampage’s mama. Their latest exchange does seem a little manufactured but nonetheless it should attract enough attention and fan interest in seeing these two light-heavyweights square off against each other.
The event will take place at The Landers Center in Memphis, Tennessee and Rampage had the following to say about the event and fighting near his hometown: “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 stated in a press release. “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 17.”