Peter Graham earned his first Bellator win last month and was waiting on word about his next opponent. He didn’t imagine a late heavyweight tournament injury would grant him a spot in the finals opposite Cheick Kongo. The injury to Vinicius Queiroz occurred less than two weeks before the scheduled tournament finals.
“I don’t mind taking a fight on short notice,” said Graham to MMA Junkie. “I just stick to the program, do what I need to do and I’m excited Bellator asked me.”
It’s easily the biggest fight in Graham’s five year career. After a slow start, he’s won eight in a row to go 9-5. He outpointed Eric Prindle in October.
Kongo is a former UFC heavyweight who chose not to resign with them. He got a second round stoppage of Mark Godbeer in the semifinals.
They close Bellator 107, which is in a few hours. It’s from the Winstar World Casino in Oklahoma and airs live on Spike TV.