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Bellator Champ Eddie Alvarez Injured, Title Fight with Michael Chandler Off Bellator 54

Eddie AlvarezBellator announced today that lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez has suffered an undisclosed injury that will prevent him from defending his title against season four lightweight tournament winner Michael Chandler at Bellator 54 on October 15 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

“Eddie suffered an injury that will keep him out of our October 15th show at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “Eddie Alvarez has a huge heart and if there was any way for him to fight on the 15th, I know he would. Ed’s in spectacular condition, so both of us are hopeful that this fight can potentially still occur later this fall.”

Bellator 54 still features the season five middleweight tournament semifinals pitting Alexander Shlemenko vs. Brian Rogers and Bryan Baker vs. Vitor Vianna, as well at bantamweight champ Zach Makovsky in a non-title fight against Ryan Roberts.

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