The next Bellator tent-pole event is metaphorically snakebitten. Bellator 154 is scheduled to take place on May 14th at the SAP Center in San Jose, California, but with only two weeks to go before the event kicks off, the main card has only three bouts.
On Sunday, Bellator officials confirmed two pieces of bad news, one of them particularly serious. On the lighter side of the equation, UFC and Strikeforce veteran Josh Thomson suffered an injury in training, postponing his showdown with former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler. That bout was to serve as the Bellator 154 co-main event.
In addition to and of more grave concern, reports surfaced and Bellator confirmed rising prospect Jordan Parsons was the victim of a hit-and-run accident in Del Ray, Florida over the weekend. The tragic event has left Parsons in critical condition with a partially amputated right leg. He was originally set to face Adam Piccolotti on the main card of Bellator 154.
To help fill in the gaps, Bellator MMA announced Monday PRIDE and Strikeforce heavyweight veteran Sergei Kharitonov would make his organizational debut at this event when he faces Josh Appelt. That bout will take place on the Bellator 154 main card.
In welterweight action, undefeated Portuguese Andre Fialho will take on Rick Reger. This is the second Bellator bout for Fialho while it marks Reger's organizational debut.
According to a release from Bellator officials, the May 14th fight card "will soon receive an additional two bouts to round out the five-fight event."