Peter Graham steps in to face Cheick Kongo at Bellator 107
Kickboxer turned MMA fighter Peter Graham (10-5 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) is set to replace the injured Vinicius Queiroz (7-3 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) in a fight against Cheick Kongo (19-8-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) at Bellator 107.
Promotion officials today announced the new heavyweight fight, which will headline the event on Nov. 8 at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla. The main card airs on Spike TV following prelims on Spike.com.
As previously announced, ex-featherweight champ Joe Warren co-headlines the event opposite Travis Marx for the Season 9 bantamweight tournament final, and Mikkel Parlo meets Brennan Ward in the middleweight final.
Graham makes a quick turnaround after a successful Bellator debut earlier this month against Eric Prindle. After going 1-5 in his first six outings as an MMA fighter, he's won his past nine outings in the cage.
As a kickboxer, Graham amassed a record of 58-12-1 and holds notable wins over Badr Hari, Sam Greco and Mark Hunt.
Kongo originally was slated to fight Queiroz on the Spike TV-televised prelims of Bellator 106, but when the event lost its headliner and was downgraded from pay-per-view to an event broadcast on the cable network, the bout was moved to headline Bellator 107. Then Queiroz was forced to withdraw from the bout with a knee injury.
Ex-UFC heavyweight Kongo is ranked No. 15 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA heavyweight rankings and advanced to the tourney final with a second-round TKO of Mark Godbeer at Bellator 102.
The complete Bellator 107 card includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET)
• Cheick Kongo vs. Peter Graham - Season 9 heavyweight tournament final
• Travis Marx vs. Joe Warren - Season 9 bantamweight tournament final
• Mikkel Parlo vs. Brennan Ward - Season 9 middleweight tournament final
• Edson Berto vs. Patricky Freire
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com, 7 p.m. ET)
• Derek Campos vs. Martin Stapleton
• Jonas Billstein vs. Cortez Coleman
• Matt Jones vs. Linton Vassell
• Ryan McCurdy vs. Mike Mucitelli
• Raphael Butler vs. Josh Burns
• Chris Jones vs. Robert White