A recent neck injury reported by Tito Ortiz has shaken things up in Bellator. Ortiz vs. Jackson was scheduled to be the promotion’s main event of the night, so after Ortiz was forced to withdraw, things started to take a turn for the worse.
Bellator immediately cancelled their PPV arrangement and converted the event to a free showing on SpikeTV. Since Bellator was unable to find a replacement opponent for Rampage, in their final effort to save the show, Bellator has made Kongo vs. Vinicius the featured main event of the evening.
Kongo vs. Vinicius will be the final bout of what began as a four-man tournament, with the winner set to be awarded a title shot against current heavyweight champ Alexander Volkov.
This puts the thirty-eight year old Kongo up against an opponent who is eight years younger, and three inches taller.
Kongo was cut from the UFC after suffering a first round knockout loss to Roy Nelson, but most recently scored a second round TKO victory at Bellator 102 over Mark Godbeer. That win gave him the eleventh knockout victory of his career.
Like Kongo, Vinicius is also a former UFC fighter. He was cut from the organization after his first loss to Rob Broughton. Since then, Vinicius has gone 2-1, having most recently scored a twenty-three second knockout over Lavar Johnson at Bellator 102.
Stakes are high for both fighters going into this bout. The winner will get a title shot, the loser will have only won two of his last five fights.