Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez is frustrated.
He’s frustrated that he doesn’t get to fight Saturday night against Michael Chandler on pay-per-view at Bellator 120 after suffering a head injury.
He’s frustrated that he’s still battling effects from said head injury.
And he’s frustrated that Bellator has created an interim title to be handed out to either Chandler or Will Brooks this weekend.
On second though, scratch that last item.
Alvarez, who made comments in an interview with MMAjunkie.com earlier this week regarding the decision made by Bellator to crown an interim championship while he recovers, retracted his remarks.
“I apologize to Bellator about my comments about the interim belt, (you) guys have been supportive thur out, my reaction was out of line,” he wrote on Twitter. “I already feel angry about this situation and Mike’s comment made me say something I shouldn’t have said. Good luck to both guys Saturday.”
Alvarez (25-3) was scheduled to face Chandler (12-1) for a third time in the main event. The bout has been promoted for weeks by the company, but he was forced to pull out after taking a couple hard hits in training.
Now, Chandler will take on Season 9 lightweight tournament winner Brooks (13-1), who was scheduled to meet Nate Jolly on the main card. Brooks is 5-1 since joining Bellator, losing only to Saad Awad last year via knockout.
No timetable has been set for Alvarez to return to action, as he joins fellow Bellator champion Eduardo Dantas on the sidelines with a head injury. Alvarez stated he is still having problems doing light training due to the hit to the head.