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.
— Brett Cooper (@BrettCoopermma) September 9, 2014
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Carvahlo, who was expected to fight Anthony Ruiz on the prelims, has been replaced by Nate James.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:
MAIN CARD (Spike TV)
Middleweight: Doug Marshall vs. Melvin Manhoef
Middleweight: Brian Rogers vs. Rafael Carvalho
Featherweight: Martin Stapleton vs. Goiti Yamauchi
Heavyweight: Javy Ayala vs. Raphael Butler
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com)
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