Bellator MMA announced on Monday that DeBlass vs. Lawal was added to the upcoming Bellator 131 card at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, Calif., on Nov. 15.
DeBlass (9-2) looks for his third win in a row since leaving the UFC in 2012. The jiu-jitsu expert defeated Carlos Brooks and Jason Lambert in his previous appearances inside the Bellator cage in 2013.
Lawal (13-4, 1 no-contest), a former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, bounced back to the win column with a second-round TKO victory over Dustin Jacoby after a close decision loss to Rampage Jackson in May.
"Tom has been talking since we were supposed to fight in September. He’s a good fighter, but my jab is going to erase his teeth and swell up his eyes," Lawal stated in a release. "My right is going to make him see stars and bright lights. Another fight, another win."
"Listen, I respect Mo and I think he’s a world-class athlete," DeBlass responded. "That being said, I know what I’m capable of, and I not only believe that I will win the fight, but I’m going to finish him. Bellator has treated me incredible, and I’ve been asking for big fights. Let Mo do his talking. His mouth is his best weapon."