Michael Chandler vs. Will Brooks for Interim Title at Bellator 120

May 10, 2014
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Michael ChandlerBellator president Bjorn Rebney on Saturday confirmed that Eddie Alvarez has withdrawn from his Bellator 120 headlining bout with Michael Chandler.

The card will remain a pay-per-view offering, however, with Will Brooks stepping in for Alvarez to face Chandler. Whereas Alvarez vs. Chandler was going to be for Alvarez’s Bellator lightweight championship, Chandler and Brooks will battle for an interim lightweight belt.

“It’s remaining on pay-per-view because it’s a pay-per-view worthy card,” said Rebney, while pointing to the questionable nature of Alvarez’s recovery time as reason for making an interim championship bout.

The withdrawal of Alvarez has been a little over a week in the making. Alvarez’s manager notified Bellator, according to Rebney, late last week that his fighter hit his head on a training partner’s hip while working out and was experiencing some dizziness, but had hoped to recover in time for the pay-per-view on May 17.

By Tuesday, May 6, Alvarez was back to training full cardio and was about 70-percent healthy overall, while still experience some dizziness. On Friday, May 9, however, there had been no improvement from Tuesday’s progress. Saturday morning, Alvarez finally had to withdraw from the fight in order to give Bellator enough time to make alternate plans.

The alternate plan was pulling Season 9 tournament winner Will Brooks from his Bellator 120 main card fight with Nate Jolly and inserting him into the interim title fight opposite Chandler. Jolly’s status for the card remains undecided at the time of publication.

In addition to the change at the top of the card, the Bellator Season 10 heavyweight tournament final between Blagoi Ivanov and Alexander Volkov will move from the Spike TV prelims onto the main card on pay-per-view.

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  • Timothy Malone

    Brooks got angry on the conference call and said people saying this shouldn’t be a PPV are devaluing fighters. Well Will I happen to think Bellator is devaluing its champions by handing out interim belts like they’re candy. Between that and increasingly using four-man tournaments and automatic rematches, they are losing the right to use their slogan “Where title shots are earned”

  • Shakir Hanifa

    Will brooks is a Joker and boring. Another boring wrestler like Ben Askren

  • put me in the sauna coach

    wait…he said this is still a PPV because its a PPV worthy card???

  • TheCerealKiller

    Bellator is a joke! Guys out for maybe a month and you’re throwing interim belts? LOL, F U Bellalame.

    • put me in the sauna coach

      I bet they’re excited he had to pull out…the worst thing would be for Alvarez to beat their poster boy twice …retain the belt and then jet to the UFC.

  • bellyfatmma

    Like i said previously, it’s money gain not lost for bellyfatmma. Some ppl already bought it on the back of the hype created before the incident. They never mentioned those bought tickets can get a full refund, so they pretty lost the money if they want to watch or not. I wont pay any ppv over $15, no matter who, what or hype put on becos u r not in attendance. Enjoy those bellyturd fans watching some body grinding, chest hugging and body tacking matches. Im sure u all want to get it on…!

  • shakejunt

    i’m pretending viacom paid someone to injure eddie.

    good luck selling this piece of crap now.