Despite a report we passed along right here at MMAmania.com a week or so ago, it appears that Eddie Alvarez (15-2) has withdrawn from a bout against Naoyuki Kotani (18-8-6) in Atlantic City, N.J., on January 23 because of an ankle injury he sustained after getting submitted by a nasty heel hook from Shinya Aoki at FieLDS Dynamite!! last weekend.
The bout with Kotani was scheduled to be the main event on the Extreme Challenge: “War at the Shore” card.
The Philadelphia native revealed that tests showed no severe damage, but he still felt enough discomfort to pull out of the fight. Regardless of the severity of the injury, it makes sense for the 24-year-old to take the cautious approach since he has a big year ahead of him in 2009.
After an impressive 2008, the loss to Aoki on NYE kind of put a damper on things but one can expect that once Alvarez heels from the bad ankle that he will be back in top form.