With the welterweight title fight between Paul Daley and current champion Douglas Lima off, Bellator president Scott Coker was left looking for an opponent to stand in against the British slugger at Bellator 134.
Enter longtime veteran Andre Santos, who will stand in for the injured Lima against Daley at the "British Invasion" show on Feb. 27 as the co-main event.
Combate first reported the new bout on Tuesday, and MMA Fighting confirmed it Wednesday.
"Chatuba" Santos (37-9) is coming off a unanimous decision victory over James Terry in his promotional debut at Bellator 129 this past October. The Brazilian is riding a six-fight win streak dating back to early 2013.
The 31-year old veteran Daley is making his first Bellator appearance since his 2012 TKO victory over Rudy Bears at Bellator 72. The bout will reunite "Semtex" with Coker, who was the CEO of the now-defunct Strikeforce where Daley fought on four occasions, most notably against Nick Diaz in 2011. The British fighter has won six of his last seven fights, all of them via KO or TKO. Though he fought five times in 2013, Daley only competed once in 2014. He won that fight against Marinho Moreira da Rocha via second-round TKO under the BAMMA banner.
Bellator 134: British Invasion takes place on at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, on Feb. 27. The event will feature a light heavyweight title fight between champion Emanuel Newton and England-cum-New Jersey challenger Liam McGeary. Also slated to take place on the card will be a heavyweight bout between former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed Lawal and Cheick Kongo, as well as a welterweight tilt between phenom Michael Page and Curtis Millender.