Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver, Joe Riggs, and Mark Scanlon have withdrawn from the season ten welterweight tournament and taking their places in the tournament will be Paul Bradley, Nathan Coy, and Cristiano Souza.
War Machine and Riggs pulled out of the tournament due to documented medical conditions and it’s unknown why Scanlon is no longer in the tournament.
The changes to the tournament were confirmed to TheMMAReport.com by Bellator on Saturday.
With the new fighters being added to the field, the new opening round matchups will be Andrey Koreshkov vs. Nah’Shon Burrell, Sam Oropeza vs. Souza, Jesse Juarez vs. Adam McDonough, and Bradley vs. Coy.
“We’ve been riding a great wave of not losing any fights or fighters from our Tournaments. And, while losing any fighter from a tournament is never something we’re happy to see happen, it’s part of the sport and it’s a huge credit to our talent team to have developed the depth in the division to replace fighters with talent like Paul Bradley, Nathan Coy and Cristiano Souza,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “It creates an opportunity for fighters to showcase their skills on a huge platform, and that’s a positive.”
“When you look at a guy like Brennan Ward, he was a fighter that was featured primarily on our preliminary shows, and when injury struck our Middleweight Tournament last year, Brennan stepped up as a last minute replacement and ran through an incredibly tough tournament, and will be fighting for our title against one of the best in the world in Alexander Shlemenko. Injuries can provide those opportunities, and I’m looking forward to seeing if the next Brennan Ward steps up through this new group from The Horseshoe in Hammond, Indiana.”
Bellator 112 takes place on Friday night from the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana and the current fight card is below.
Main Card: (Spike TV – 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT)
Daniel Straus (22-4) vs. Pat Curran (19-5)
Andrey Koreshkov (14-1) vs. Nah’ Shon Burrell (11-3) #
Sam Oropeza (10-2) vs. Cristiano Souza (7-0) #
Jesse Juarez (21-8) vs. Adam McDonough (9-0) #
Preliminary Card: (Spike.com – 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT)
Nathan Coy (13-4) vs. Paul Bradley (21-5) #
A.J. Matthews (6-2) vs. Belal Muhammad (4-0)
Diego Marlon (24-8) vs. Lloyd Carter (5-5)
Darrion Caldwell (3-0) vs. Lance Surma (2-0)
Derek Loffer (6-2) vs. Bobby Reardanz (8-12)
Jason Guida (19-27) vs. Anthony Gomez (7-2)
Daniel James (debut) vs. Erick Correa (2-0)
# – Welterweight Tournament Opening Round Bout