An undisclosed injury has forced Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez to withdraw from his Oct. 15 title bout, the fighter told ESPN.com on Tuesday.
Alvarez was scheduled to defend his belt against Michael Chandler at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
"I want people to know that I don't do this; this is not my character," Alvarez said. "I'm very big on being able to work through injuries and being able to fight with them. And throughout training camp I tried to do that.
"I tried working through my injuries during the past two weeks of camp. But basically me and my team, the people who are close to me, we all came to the conclusion that there is no way that I can properly prepare for the Oct. 15 show with what I'm dealing with."
While Alvarez opted to withhold the nature of his injury, he does not expect it to keep him out of action for long. He plans to resume training within a month.
Alvarez (22-2) successfully defended his title April 2 in Uncasville, Conn., with a unanimous decision over Pat Curran.
Chandler (8-0) landed the title shot in May with a unanimous decision over Patricky 'Pitbull' Freire. The win over Freire came in the Bellator lightweight tournament final.
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