The one-time welterweight title contender was slated to meet Erick Silva in Uncasville on Oct. 12, but the Brazilian fighter has been forced out of the bout due to a rib injury, Silva confirmed to MMA Fighting following a report by MMAjunkie.
Silva (20-9, 1 no-contest), who signed with Bellator less than four weeks ago, is hoping to make his promotional debut later this year after recovering from a fissure in the rib cartilage.
“I ended up injuring my rib during a sparring session at Team Nogueira,” Silva told MMA Fighting. “I felt a lot of pain right away, I thought it was fractured. I went straight to a hospital to get a series of exams done and they noticed it wasn’t fractured, only injured.
”I was hopeful that I wouldn’t need to leave the card, but doctors won’t allow me to train for 30 days until they give it another look. So I can’t stay on this card, unfortunately. I was pretty upset, but I hope to recover as soon as possible to be able to make my Bellator debut this year.”
Larkin (19-7, 1 no-contest) hasn’t fought since January, when he scored his first Bellator victory against Fernando Gonzalez. It’s the second time in a row that Larkin has his opponent switched for the welterweight grand prix alternate bout.
“The Monsoon” left the UFC after going 4-1 over his last five bouts, including wins over Santiago Ponzinibbio, Jorge Masvidal and Neil Magny, but lost to Douglas Lima and Paul Daley in his first Bellator appearances.