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First off, let me state that Bellator's use of interim titles is way loose. In the last year, the promotion has awarded two—going on three—interim titles, which, after they are won, are combined almost instantly in terms of fight time.
That is not how interim titles are supposed to be.
First, Emanuel Newton and King Mo fought for an interim title when Attila Vegh may or may not have been hurt. Following Newton's win, he had a quick turnaround and fought Vegh in a bout that should have never included an interim belt.
Then, Eduardo Dantas dropped out of his title fight with Joe Warren, and Bellator had Warren fight Rafael Silva for an interim strap. Dantas is out for psychological reasons and will likely return in the near future. So why is an interim belt up for grabs?
Now, Eddie Alvarez has a concussion that will likely only keep him out briefly, yet Michael Chandler will fight Will Brooks for the interim strap. None of this makes sense.
Interim belts are for when champions are out for an extended period of time, like a year to a year-and-a-half. That way, the titles can be defended at least once before they are unified.
It just smells of desperation on Bellator's part to have a title up for grabs that basically means nothing.
That being said, Michael Chandler vs. Will Brooks will be an interesting fight. Both men can wrestle and strike.
Chandler was thought to be the titan atop Bellator's lightweight division. He was supposed to be the terminator that would clean out the division quickly.
Then the Alvarez fight struck and he lost his title. Now he has to rebuild himself against a tough guy like Brooks who will give him all he can handle.
It will be a good little scrap. You take the athleticism of Brooks and put it up against that of Chandler and you have a helluva bout.
Who will come out on top? Find out live on pay-per-view.