Bellator really took a hard hit when their reigning, defending and arguably their most popular fighter, lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez (25-3 MMA, 9-1 BMMA) pulled out of their first ever PPV event against Michael Chandler (12-1 MMA, 9-1 BMMA) in the main event of this Saturday night’s Bellator 120 event.
As noted, Bellator officials confirmed reports over the weekend that Alvarez will not be able to fight Saturday against Chandler at Bellator 120.
With this being their first ever PPV, this is not good for Bellator officials. However, they have made changes to the card and have changed up the card due to their champion pulling out of the fight.
Right now they will have Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (34-11 MMA, 2-0 Bellator) vs. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (12-3 MMA, 4-2 Bellator) in the main event, originally set in the co-main event slot.
Alvarez appeared on the “The MMA Hour” Monday to talk about the injury and when the feeling concussion-like symptoms started to get him to start being worried about his health.
“Kenny Monday’s wrestling practice is pretty intense. You normally feel exhausted and dizzy after, so I didn’t know whether just to take it that I was feeling the symptoms because I took a hard shot, or I was just tired and exhausted,” Alvarez said (thanks to MMAFighting.com for transcribing). “I went home, rested and when I came in the next day, my head was feeling pressure when I got really light impact. The following day, it got even worse.”
It should be said, that he added during the interview that prior to his last fight against Chandler, he “got knocked out probably five weeks before the fight.”
The most important thing coming out of this, is that Alvarez confirmed that his next fight, which will be against the winner of the Chandler-Brooks will be on PPV. After that he will become a free agent and go from there.
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