Eddie Alvarez returning to Bellator MMA isn't all bad for MMA fans. While the former lightweight champion won't be fighting the best in the world on a regular basis inside the Octagon, his re-signing with the Viacom-owned promotion has led to an intriguing rematch with Michael Chandler.
Chandler dethroned Alvarez in November 2011, and he's held onto the Bellator MMA lightweight title since then. At Bellator 106, Alvarez will have his chance to return to the top of the Bellator MMA 155-pound division.
While it seems he would have preferred to join the UFC roster, Alvarez is probably happy to be fighting anywhere again. A contract dispute has robbed the 29-year-old of competition over the past 12 months.
Who will emerge from Saturday's main event with the lightweight strap?
Here is a closer look at how Chandler and Alvarez match up in all areas heading into their second meeting.