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    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.
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    And now they won't have Kongo on their "PPV card" for free...if he's getting 30/30, seems pretty smart not to waste his name value as the fourth fight on the main card, when he can main or co-main anchor another week's show. I dunno, this dropout feels too convenient and hinky.

    Maybe I'm just seeing "Black Helicopters" here, but I wonder if either Straus or Curran will experience a "training injury" and also be pulled from this Saturday's card. Feels like Mo/Newton II and Eddie/Chandler II would be enough if it isn't on PPV considering how much money they're throwing down on one card...

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    Maybe bjorn is going to pull a tanya harding on either curran or straus......
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    Yep, looks to me like they're trimming down the card for tv.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fe1 View Post
    Yep, looks to me like they're trimming down the card for tv.
    Hadn't they already moved that fight off the free PPV card?

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    He means, now that is on free tv, they taking the talent from it to use on other cards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kalebarker View Post
    He means, now that is on free tv, they taking the talent from it to use on other cards.
    Yea that part I get. But he was saying it in reference to the injury. My point is that the fight was already moved before the injury.

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