So Eddie Alvarez has been forced to withdraw from his Bellator 120 main event fight with Michael Chandler. The triology will have to wait for now but will the debut of Bellator on pay per view take a hit as well?
Follow along for real time updates for what is going on as we receive the information straight from Bjorn Rebney and company.
We are welcomed and Anthony Mazzucca addresses the guests and turns us over to Bjorn Rebney. Late last week Bellator was informed that Eddie Alvarez had been injured during training. They were set to get daily updates. Last Tuesday Alvarez was doing full cardio training but had some dizziness. Yesterday Alavarez was holding at 70%. A meeting was met with Alvarez this morning and the decision to pull out was made.
Despite the fight scrapped, Rebney says the card is still strong. Michael Chandler will now face Will Brooks for the interim lightweight title. Brooks is excited for the match up. Brooks texts Bjorn and tells him his waist size is 30 so that the fitting of his belt can commence.
Michael Chandler and Will Brooks join the call. Even though he isn’t champ, Michael Chandler was introduced as the best lightweight in MMA. That’s weird. Chandler says there will be fireworks Saturday night. He is excited and his hat is off to Will Brooks for stepping up.
Will Brooks said he is willing to fight anyone. Says his training at ATT has allowed him to be ready to fight anyone. He touts this as a great opportunity even though he wanted a fight before he would face Alvarez or Chandler.
- No time table has been set for Alvarez’s return.
- Negotiations began to get Brooks on the card yesterday (Friday May 9th)
- Stays on PPV because of Tito/Schlemeko, Rampage/Mo and Chandler still being on the card
- Will Brooks talks about watered down UFC cards and how silly it is to ask about Bellator’s pay per view. Bjorn says to strip away the names and logos to focus on the fights themselves
- Nate Jolly does not have a fight at this point
- Brooks says people will know who he is come Saturday night
- Chandler was looking forward to the fight against Alvarez