Pat Curran vs. Patricio Pitbull official for Bellator 123; Kongo, Lawal, and Lashley also on main card

The main card for Bellator 123 on September 5th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut is now set and the fight card will be headlined by Pat Curran defending the featherweight title against Patricio Pitbull. Bellator 123

Along with the title fight, the main card on Spike TV will feature Cheick Kongo vs. Lavar Johnson, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs. Tom DeBlass, and Bobby Lashley vs. Josh Burns.

Bellator officials announced the fight bookings today on Twitter and tickets are currently on sale.

The title fight between Curran and Pitbull will be a rematch of their 2013 title fight which Curran won by split decision. Since their first meeting, Curran (20-5) has won three of four fights including a submission victory earlier this year to reclaim the Bellator title.

“Pitbull has been running his mouth a lot lately and everyone is sick of hearing it,” Curran said. “I’m ready to shut him up for good. I’m an even better fighter now than I was the first time we fought and I’ll show you him how a true champion fights on September 5th.”

Pitbull (21-2) has wanted a rematch with Curran since their first fight and is currently riding a four fight winning streak. This will mark his first fight since November of last year when he defeated Justin Wilcox by TKO to win the season nine featherweight tournament.

“I’ve been wanting this rematch with Curran for a long time, and it’s finally here,” Pitbull said. “I won that first fight, and I should be Bellator Featherweight Champion right now. This time, I’m not going to let it go to the judges. Curran has started to get cocky and he’s disrespecting me. He has no idea what I’ve been through to get to the title.”

Kongo (21-9-2) has won three of his four fights in Bellator and is only defeat came in a title fight against current heavyweight champion Vitaly Minakov. He is coming off a TKO win against Eric Smith at Bellator 120 and two of his three wins in Bellator have come by TKO in the second round. Johnson (18-9) was signed by Bellator last year and has dropped two of his three fights in the organization. His last victory came in March as he defeated Ryan Martinez by TKO in the first round at Bellator 111.

Lawal (12-4, 1NC) is coming off a controversial split decision lost to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at Bellator 120 in May and has gone 4-3 since joining Bellator last year. DeBlass (9-2) recently signed a new contract with Bellator and has won both of his previous fights in the promotion.

“Listen, I respect Mo and I think he’s a world class athlete,” DeBlass said. “That being said, I know what I’m capable of, and I not only believe that I will win the fight, but I’m going to finish him. Bellator has treated me incredible, and I’ve been asking for big fights. Mo is the next step to get to my ultimate goal, and I’m not taking it lightly. I’m fighting in a huge fight back on the East Coast for a promotion I love. It doesn’t get much better than this.”

Lashley (10-2) will be making his Bellator debut on the September 5th card and he is currently on a three fight winning streak. His most recent win came in November as he defeated Tony Melton by unanimous decision at Xtreme Fight Night 15. Burns (8-7) has dropped all four of his fights in Bellator and is coming off a defeat to Raphael Butler in November. The defeat snapped a two fight winning streak and six of his eight wins have come by stoppage.

The current Bellator 123: Curran vs. Pitbull II fight card is below.

Main Card: (Spike TV – 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT)
Pat Curran (20-5) vs. Patricio Pitbull (21-2)
Cheick Kongo (21-9-2) vs. Lavar Johnson (18-9)
Muhammed Lawal (12-4, 1NC) vs. Tom DeBlass (9-2)
Bobby Lashley (10-2) vs. Josh Burns (8-7)