Joe Warren was cleared to fight earlier this week, and Bellator will waste no time getting the former champion back to work.
Warren (8-3 MMA, 6-2 BMMA) will meet Nick Kirk (10-2 MMA, 0-2 BMMA) in a bantamweight tournament semifinal fight to headline next week's Bellator 101 event. Promotion officials made the announcement late Friday.
Bellator 101 takes place Sept. 27 at The Moda Center at Rose Quarter (formerly known as Rose Garden) in Portland. The five-fight main card, which features four opening-round fights in the Season 9 lightweight tournament, will air on Spike TV following prelims on Spike.com.
With Warren-Kirk taking the main-event position at Bellator 101, the previously planned heavyweight tournament semifinal fight between former UFC standout Cheick Kongo and Mark Godbeer will move to Bellator 102, which takes place Oct. 4 at Visalia Convention Center in California.
Kongo tweeted that news on Friday, including a hashtag of "#notmychoice."