Eddie Alvarez Injured, Bellator 54 Title Fight Postponed
CHICAGO, Ill. (September 20, 2011) — Bellator Fighting Championships announced today that reigning Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez has suffered an injury that will force the title holder off of the October 15th card at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. The Philadelphia fighter was scheduled to square off against Season 4 Lightweight Tournament winner Michael Chandler in a Bellator Lightweight title fight. The fight has yet to be rescheduled, but the possibility remains for a title fight later this season.
“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.”
The night will feature the semifinals of Bellator’s middleweight tournament, as well as Bellator Bantamweight Champion Zack Makovsky in a non-title super fight against former UFC veteran Ryan Roberts. Tickets for the October 15th show can be purchased on Ticketmaster.com and Bellator.com. The show will begin at 7 p.m. ET and can be seen on Spike.com. The televised portion of the event will air at 9 p.m. ET on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX.
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