Just over six months after Tito Ortiz pulled out of Bellator MMA’s first attempt at a PPV, thus resulting in Bellator relegating Chandler/Alvarez 2 back to Spike TV, another, much more dire injury has plagued Bellator 120.
That’s because early this morning, news broke that current Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez sustained a concussion in training, just a week before Bellator’s upcoming pay-per-view card. The story was reported by MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz, a little after six this morning.
How any fighter or his camp can allow such a thing to happen so soon before a gigantic fight is beyond me. At the end of the day, though, Bellator is dealing with a karma-laden poison pill. They sort of deserve such a fate that would murder their second and potentially only attempt at a pay-per-view, after the injustice they made Alvarez and Tyson Nam undergo recently.
Like last time, Bellator may be forced to put the card on Spike TV. They’d have to mix up the card, of course, because there’s no way the Heavyweight final, Cheick Kongo, Mike Richman, or Shahbulat Shamhalaev should be online, over Michael Page, Nate Jolly, or Ricky Rainey. What may result is a six fight, three-hour main card, which I, for one, will not be opposed to.
Alas, it seems as if Chandler/Alvarez 3 will have to wait, assuming it ever happens. Hopefully now, Bellator will quit attempting fruitless ppv cards in the future.