After news surfaced that Tom DeBlass was pulling out of Bellator 131 due to a gruesome cut, the promotion announced his replacement for the fight against Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal on Monday.
Joe Vedepo, who has put together a 4-2 record in Bellator, will step in on short notice to challenge Mo on the November 15th fight card headlined by Tito Ortiz vs. Stephan Bonnar.
“This is just an absolutely blessing,” Vedepo said in a press release issued on Monday. “When I got the phone call to fight on November 15, I didn’t even need to hear who the opponent was, I was all in. Mo’s tough as hell, he’s one of the best wrestlers in the sport, but I haven’t stopped training in months and I know this is a chance of a lifetime. I always thrive on coming into the fight as an underdog, and while I have all the respect in the world for a guy like King Mo, underestimating what I bring to the cage would be a huge mistake.”
Bellator 131: Tito vs. Bonnar takes place on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California, airing live on Spike TV.