Bellator has finally broken its silence on Eddie Alvarez, who was pulled from next weekend's (Sat., May 17, 2014) Bellator 120 pay-per-view (PPV) event, scheduled for Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi, after suffering a concussion in training camp (more on that here).
But unlike the injury that torpedoed its first attempt at PPV back in November, this card will not transition to Spike TV.
Instead, streaking lightweight tournament champion Will Brooks -- originally booked to do battle against Nate Jolly on the PPV undercard -- will take over for Alvarez and battle ex-division titleholder Michael Chandler for the promotion's interim 155-pound strap.
Bellator made the announcement during a special media conference call on Saturday night (May 10), and revealed the Quinton Jackson vs. Muhammed Lawal light heavyweight tournament final would take over the headlining spot.
"Alvarez vs. Chandler 3" was heavily-promoted as "the greatest trilogy" in mixed martial arts (MMA), with their first go-round widely regarded as one of the best fights of 2011, and one of the greatest lightweight fights in the history of combat sports.
Their rematch headlined Bellator 106 on Spike TV (because of this).
No timetable was given for Alvarez's return, but he will undoubtedly cross paths with Chandler somewhere down the line. Or perhaps Brooks, should "Ill Will" manage to pull off the upset. Jolly remains without an opponent, but Bellator head cheese Bjorn Rebney is currently in search of a replacement.
The Bellator 120 PPV starts at $34.99 (see a list of providers here) and features "Prelims" on Spike TV and Spike.com.
To see the re-worked Bellator 120 fight card and line-up here.