Bellator Lightweight champ Michael Chandler is tired of talking about rival Eddie Alvarez would rather talk about challenger Rick Hawn and his training at the Alliance training camp.
Topics covered include:
* Rick Hawn's judo and who will have the take down advantage in the fight
* Training with UFC Bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz, Brandon Vera and others at the Alliance gym
Topic asked about but not responded to:
* Eddie Alvarez. Chandler is focused on Rick Hawn and will be happy to talk about Alvarez and lawsuits and a possible pay-per-view bout with Alvarez later.
After you've watched what Chandler has to say, take a look at what challenger Rick Hawn told MMA Mania's Brian Hemminger and our own Matt Bishop on Bloody Elbow radio (transcription via MMA Mania):
Matt Bishop: What makes Michael Chandler such an intriguing opponent for you and how to you view him as a fighter?
Rick Hawn: It's my first time I'll be facing a really good wrestler and fighting someone that's shorter than me. The match up is intriguing -- an Olympic judo guy against an All-American wrestler and those dynamics. Who knows? It could be a slugfest. We're both decent strikers and it could go either way. It's definitely something I've been training hard for in all areas and of course this can be a long fight.
Brian Hemminger (MMAmania.com): Neither of you have fought since May. How do you think that layoff will affect you personally?
Rick Hawn: For me, it'll be great. It'll be fine. I had a long layoff before the start of the last tournament because of my injury. I looked at it as a blessing to recover and train because the tournament took a toll on me. I feel great, had a great training camp and for me, personally, it was a great thing to have the fight pushed back.
It's fun to be pumped up for a Bellator card again!