Eddie Alvarez Forced to Pull out of Fight Due to Injury

Published on May 13th, 2014 3:11 pm EST

Bellator just canít catch any breaks when it comes to their first ever PPV.

Late last year, Bellator had planned its first ever PPV that was set to be headlined by Quinton Jackson vs Tito Ortiz. An injury to Ortiz ended up resulting in Bellator deciding to move the card over to free TV.

This year, Bellator decided to try again with another planned PPV. The original card was supposed to look like this:

Eddie Alvarez vs Michael Chandler III
Quinton Jackson vs Muhammed Lawal
Tito Ortiz vs Alexander Shlemenko

Unfortunately for Bellator, Eddie Alvarez suffered a concussion about a week removed from the fight and the promotion was forced to change their plans.

Michael Chandler will now be facing Will Brooks, but that fight has been moved down the card. The new main event will feature Quinton Jackson vs Muhammel Lawal, while Chandler will now square off against Will Brooks for the interim Lightweight title in the co-main event.

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According to reports, Alvarezís contract states that he must make a PPV appearance in his final fight for Bellator. Due to his injury, this essentially means that Bellator will be forced to hold at least one more event, unless they want to let Alvarez go from his contract. If this weekendís PPV is a success, that becomes an easy decision for Bellator. However, what happens if this weekendís PPV is an unmitigated disaster when it comes to total buys? Bellator and Viacom might face an interesting dilemma.

Eddie Alvarez and Bellator got into a very nasty contract squabble last year and it will be interesting to see what transpires between the two sides over the near-term.


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