Bellator is having trouble getting a break lately, it seems.
A day after losing the headliner for its planned first pay-per-view event, the promotion has lost the bout planned to headline Bellator 107.
Vinicius Queiroz (7-3 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) has suffered an injury and is out of the Season 9 heavyweight tournament final against Cheick Kongo (19-8-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA).
Sources close to the promotion on Saturday confirmed the injury to MMAjunkie.com, though Bellator officials have not made a formal announcement.
Just Friday, the Kongo-Queiroz fight was moved from Bellator 106 to Bellator 107, which takes place Nov. 8 at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla. The main card airs on Spike TV following prelims on Spike.com. Its previous home, Bellator 106, takes place Nov. 2 at Long Beach Arena in California and airs on Spike TV. That card was to be the promotion's first pay-per-view, but an injury to Tito Ortiz forced off the main event between him and Quinton Jackson and helped lead to the company's decision to put the rest of the card – featuring three title fights – on free TV.
Sources said the Queiroz injury is to his knee, though the severity is not known. That also means it's hard to tell when he might be able to fight Kongo for the Season 9 tournament crown – and a shot at the Bellator heavyweight title. Champ Alexander Volkov awaits a fight with Vitaly Minakov, but the eventual Kongo-Queiroz winner will fall into line.
Kongo, who is ranked No. 15 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA heavyweight rankings, recently fought for the first time since being cut by the UFC. He advanced to the tourney final with a second-round TKO of Mark Godbeer at Bellator 102. It moved the Frenchman to 5-2-1 in his past eight fights and marked his 11th knockout in 19 career wins.
Queiroz, who fought once under the UFC banner, is 2-1 with Bellator following a quick 23-second knockout of Lavar Johnson at Bellator 102. Queiroz, whose lone Bellator loss came to Volkov, has six knockouts in seven career wins.