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Bellator 125 Change: Brian Rogers Receives New Opponent

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Rafael Carvahlo will step up from the prelims to the co-main event on Spike TV for Bellator 125, agreeing to replace Brett Cooper and meet Brian Rogers. Officials announced the change recently for the September 19 card.

Rogers is on a third opponent, as he was originally set to face James Irvin. After an injury knocked Irvin out, Cooper agreed to replace him, only to go down himself with a foot injury.

The event features a middleweight contest between Doug Marshall and Melvin Manhoef, along with featherweights Martin Stapleton vs. Goiti Yamauchi and Javy Ayala vs. Raphael Butler.

Carvahlo, who was expected to fight Anthony Ruiz on the prelims, has been replaced by Nate James.

Below is the current lineup:


Middleweight: Doug Marshall vs. Melvin Manhoef

Middleweight: Brian Rogers vs. Rafael Carvalho

Featherweight: Martin Stapleton vs. Goiti Yamauchi

Heavyweight: Javy Ayala vs. Raphael Butler


Welterweight: Ron Keslar vs. Jesse Juarez

Welterweight: Aaron Wilkinson vs. Chris Honeycutt

Featherweight: Julio Cesar Neves vs. Poppies Martinez

Middleweight: Granson Clark vs. George Zuniga

Featherweight: Jonny Bonilla-Bowman vs. Sergio Cortez

Flyweight: Oscar Ramirez vs. Matt Ramirez

Featherweight: Joe Neal vs. Paul Ruiz

Middleweight: Nate James vs. Anthony Ruiz