According to multiple reports, Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez has suffered a concussion in training and will not be cleared to fight Michael Chandler next Saturday at Bellator 120.
Bellator was forced to crown an interim champion after Eduardo Dantas suffered a concussion in training and his return was left up in the air. UFC lightweight contender TJ Grant has been sidelined since early last year after he went down with a concussion while preparing for a world title fight.
Alvarez and Chandler are set for a third meeting in a highly-promoted pay-per-view fight for Bellator. The promotion had to cancel plans for a PPV last year after an injury to Tito Ortiz. They went with Alvarez-Chandler in a rematch and placed the event on Spike TV.
Officials with Bellator have yet to release any information regarding the reports, which also state Will Brooks would be selected to replace Alvarez and meet Chandler. Brooks (13-1) was the season nine lightweight tournament winner.
Set for May 17 from Southaven, Mississippi, the card currently features bouts pitting Quinton “Rampage” Jackson against Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, Ortiz vs. middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko in a non-title fight and Michael Page vs. Ricky Rainey.
MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)
Bellator Lightweight Championship
Eddie Alvarez (c) vs. Michael Chandler
Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Final
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal
Light Heavyweight: Tito Ortiz vs. Alexander Shlemenko
Lightweight: Will Brooks vs. Nate Jolly
Welterweight: Michael Page vs. Rickey Rainey
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike TV/8 p.m. ET)
Heavyweight: Cheick Kongo vs. Eric Smith
Bellator Heavyweight Tournament Final
Alexander Volkov vs. Blagoi Ivanov
Featherweight: Shahbulat Shamhalaev vs. Fabricio Guerreiro
Featherweight: Mike Richman vs. Goiti Yamauchi
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com/6 p.m. ET)
Featherweight: Austin Lyons vs. Zach Underwood
Heavyweight: Justin Frazier vs. Mike Wessel
Welterweight: Ben Brewer vs. Andy Uhrich
Welterweight: Anthony Lemon vs. Codie Shuffield
Bantamweight: Brian Hall vs. Cortez Phelia
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