Bellator MMA is in search of a new opponent for ex-lightweight champion Michael Chandler, as FloCombat reports that Josh Thomson is injured and out of the Bellator 154 co-main event on May 14th. There's no word yet on what injury Thomson suffered, and Bellator hasn't released any official statements on Thomson's status.
Thomson (22-8, 1 NC) is 2-0 since signing with Bellator in free agency, recording stoppage wins over Mike Bronzoulis and Pablo Villaseca. Both of those fights were in his hometown of San Jose, CA, which is also where Bellator 154 will be held. He'd previously lost 3 straight in the UFC -- a pair of split decisions vs. Ben Henderson and Bobby Green, and a unanimous decision to Tony Ferguson -- prior to reuniting with Scott Coker at Bellator MMA. The oft-criticized (and to Luke Rockhold, unfairly so) AKA sees yet another one of its fighters withdraw due to injury this year, having already had Cain Velasquez and (for the first time in his career) Daniel Cormier pull out of their respective UFC bouts.
Chandler (14-3) has rebounded from his own 3 losses in a row -- a pair of split decisions vs. Will Brooks and Eddie Alvarez followed by a TKO loss to Brooks in the rematch -- with dominant stoppage wins over Derek Campos and David Rickels. The 30-year-old is now with the Blackzilians, where he's once again with Neil Melanson, former coach at Chandler's old home of Alliance MMA.
The loss of Chandler vs. Thomson comes on the same day as the devastating news that Jordan Parsons, who was scheduled to compete on the Bellator 154 main card, had part of his right leg amputated after he was struck in a hit-and-run crash. Parsons is currently in a coma, per Rashad Evans.