Eduardo Dantas’ injury will force 135-pound champion Marcos Galvao out of Bellator 144 after all.
"Dudu", a former bantamweight champion, was slated to rematch "Loro" in the main event of Oct. 23’s card in Uncasville, but has sustained a rib injury in training, the promotion announced on Wednesday.
MMAFighting.com has learned with sources close to the situation on Wednesday morning that Joe Warren was in conversation to replace Dantas in a trilogy bout against Galvao, but the promotion has decided to postpone the bantamweight title fight.
With the change, a clash between former champion Brandon Halsey and Rafael Carvalho for the vacant middleweight title will now headline the show at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
The co-main event is Brennan Ward vs. Dennis Olson, while Isao Kobayashi vs. Goiti Yamauchi and Michael Page vs. Charlie Ontiveros complete the main card.
Main Card: (Spike - 9 p.m. ET)
Brandon Halsey vs. Rafael Carvalho
Brennan Ward vs. Dennis Olson
Isao Kobayashi vs. Goiti Yamauchi
Michael Page vs. Charlie Ontiveros
Preliminary Card: (Spike.com - 6:50 p.m. ET)
Pete Rogers Jr. vs. Marius Enache
Billy Giovanella vs. Brandon Polcare
Keenan Raymond vs. Damien Trites
Kin Moy vs. Walter Smith-Cotito
Matt Bessette vs. Kevin Roddy
Matt Secor vs. Jeremie Holloway
Sam Watford vs. TJ Hepburn
Ilya Kotau vs. Kemran Lachinov
Kevin Haley vs. Mike Zichelle