Eddie Alvarez. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.
The Florida Boxing Commissions today released the official list of medical suspensions stemming from the Bellator Fighting Championship’s debut event last weekend, and much to their liking, all six of their lightweight tournament winners did not receive a mandatory break from the state.
Jorge Masvidal and Toby Imada will now go on to face each other at Bellator’s fourth event on April 24 in Colorado scratch-free. In fact, only three fighters from the April 3 show received medical suspensions. Nick Agallar, Ben Greer, and Daneil Sarafian will all be suspended for 30 days due to precautionary reasons.
Still, it’s safe to say that Bellator lucked out in this situation. Will the trend continue with their upcoming events this month? Probably not.
Even though the promotion features a television deal with ESPN Deportes and a strong management team, it has been subject to some rookie mistakes, including not spacing out their events enough. They have multiple injury replacements ready to go if needed, but an injury or lengthy medical suspension to a fighter that should be advancing in the tourney would take away from it’s legitimacy. Sadly, it’s more likely to happen than not.