Just a week before the Bellator season 10 welterweight tournament kicked off at Bellator 112, three fighters were forced to withdraw for various reasons.
Joe Riggs, War Machine, and Mark Scanlon all were forced to withdraw and have since been replaced. Riggs and War Machine withdrew due to documented medical conditions.
Riggs’ original opponent Sam Oropeza (10-2) will now fight the undefeated Cristiano Souza (7-0). Nah’Shon Burrell (11-3) will trade War Machine for Andrey Koreshkov (14-1) and with Mark Scanlon out, Nathan Coy (13-4) fights Paul Bradley (21-5).
The main event of Bellator 112 is a rubber match between rivals Daniel Straus and Pat Curran. The pair has split two fights with Straus winning the most recent at Bellator 106 to claim the title from Curran.
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney released a statement on the replacements:
“We’ve been riding a great wave of not losing any fights or fighters from our Tournaments. And, while losing any fighter from a tournament is never something we’re happy to see happen, it’s part of the sport and it’s a huge credit to our talent team to have developed the depth in the division to replace fighters with talent like Paul Bradley, Nathan Coy and Cristiano Souza,” Rebney said. “It creates an opportunity for fighters to showcase their skills on a huge platform, and that’s a positive. When you look at a guy like Brennan Ward, he was a fighter that was featured primarily on our preliminary shows, and when injury struck our Middleweight Tournament last year, Brennan stepped up as a last minute replacement and ran through an incredibly tough tournament, and will be fighting for our title against one of the best in the world in Alexander Shlemenko. Injuries can provide those opportunities, and I’m looking forward to seeing if the next Brennan Ward steps up through this new group from The Horseshoe in Hammond, Indiana.”
Main Card (SPIKE TV) 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT
Bellator Featherweight World Title Fight:
Daniel Straus (22-4) vs. Pat Curran (19-5)
Bellator Welterweight Tournament Opening Round:
Andrey Koreshkov (14-1) vs. Nah’ Shon Burrell (11-3)
Sam Oropeza (10-2) vs. Cristiano Souza (7-0)
Jesse Juarez (21-8) vs. Adam McDonough (9-0)
Nathan Coy (13-4) vs. Paul Bradley (21-5) -Bellator Welterweight Tournament Opening Round:
A.J. Matthews (6-2) vs. Belal Muhammad (4-0)
Diego Marlon (24-8) vs. Lloyd Carter (5-5)
Darrion Caldwell (3-0) vs. Lance Surma (2-0)
Derek Loffer (6-2) vs. Bobby Reardanz (8-12)
Jason Guida (19-27) vs. Anthony Gomez (7-2)
Daniel James (debut) vs. Erick Correa (2-0)
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