One of the many “treats” lined up for MMA fans in October has turned into a “trick”, as Bellator lightweight title-holder Eddie Alvarez will no longer be able to fight at Bellator 54 as originally planned against Season 4 tournament winner Michael Chandler.
The disappointing news was revealed earlier today through a press release where Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney commented, “Alvarez has a huge heart and if there was any way for him to fight on the fifteenth, I know he would.”
Rebney also added that the cancelled championship clash could still take place during Season 5, saying, “Ed’s in spectacular condition, so both of us are hopeful that this fight can potentially still occur later this fall.”
Chandler earned his shot at the 22-2 Alvarez by beating Marcin Held, Lloyd Woodard, and Patricky Freire earlier this year and has yet to taste defeat eight fights into his career after an All-American run as an amateur wrestler in college.
Bellator 54 will still feature the “final four” of the Season 5 middleweight tournament as well as 135-pound champ Zack Makovsky taking on 16-9-1 Ryan Roberts in non-title action.
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