Eddie Alvarez will miss out on his biggest fight so far in his ONE tenure.
ONE lightweight champion Christian Lee has agreed to replace an injured Eddie Alvarez and face Savgid Arslaniev in the ONE lightweight World Grand Prix final on Oct. 13, ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong announced Thursday morning.
NEWS ALERT: Eddie Alvarez has pulled out of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix due to injury. ONE Lightweight World Champion Christian Lee has agreed to step into the finals of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix to face Saygid Arslanaliev on Oct 13 in Tokyo at ONE: Century!!!— Chatri Sityodtong (@yodchatri) September 26, 2019
Lee (12-3) has won three straight fights and will compete at the ONE Championship 100: Century event on short notice.
Arslaniev (8-1) has reeled off four straight wins.
The ONE lightweight world title will not be on the line, according to a report from MMA Junkie.
Update: Alvarez commented about the withdrawal on Twitter.
My apologies, I am gutted , I can hold my head up and say with all honesty I gave this opportunity my all . I wanted this as bad as anything I ever wanted but for some reason it’s not my time right now . It’s time to rest and heal and come back stronger .— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) September 26, 2019