Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez was forced out of his planned October title defense against Michael Chandler for having suffered an injury in training, but the 27-year-old won’t be staying on the shelf for long. It’s been announced that Alvarez and Chandler will be meeting at Bellator 58 in the middle of next month.
Currently on a seven-fight winning streak, Alvarez captured the Bellator title in the promotion’s first season by taking out Greg Loughran, Eric Reynolds and Toby Imada. Following a submission win over Katsunori Kikuno in Dream, Alvarez returned to Bellator for non-title bouts with Josh Neer and Roger Huerta. In his latest appearance, which came at Bellator 39 last April, Alvarez defended his title successfully for the first time against Pat Curran.
A standout Division-1 NCAA wrestler for the University of Missouri began his pro career in 2009 and has gone on an eight-fight tear since then. The undefeated 25-year-old won the Bellator Season Four Lightweight Tournament by taking out Marcin Held, Lloyd Woodard and, most recently, Patricky Freire, thereby earning his shot at Alvarez’s title.
Bellator 58 goes down at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida on November 19 and will air live on MTV2.