Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez has suffered an injury that has forced him out of his upcoming title defense against Michael Chandler.
Bellator officials announced the news on Tuesday.
Alvarez was set to defend his Bellator lightweight crown against season 4 winner Michael Chandler at Bellator 54 on Oct. 15 in New Jersey.
There has been no timeline for his return or details on the injury that he suffered.
“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.”
Other bouts scheduled for the Oct. 15 show include the semifinals of the season 5 middleweight tournament along with bantamweight champion Zach Machovsky in a non-title fight against Ryan Roberts.