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Bellator 131: Joe Vedepo Steps In, Fights King Mo Lawal

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Joe Vedepo has been tabbed as the replacement for Tom DeBlass, meeting Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal next weekend at Bellator 131.

DeBlass suffered a cut in training that has forced his exit from the planned Spike TV main card bout.

Vedepo has won his last three and is 4-2 inside the Bellator cage overall as a middleweight. He’ll step up to the 205-pound division to take on Lawal, a former Strikeforce champion.

“This is just an absolutely blessing,” Vedepo said. “When I got the phone call to fight on November 15, I didn’t even need to hear who the opponent was, I was all in. Mo’s tough as hell, he’s one of the best wrestlers in the sport, but I haven’t stopped training in months and I know this is a chance of a lifetime. I always thrive on coming into the fight as an underdog, and while I have all the respect in the world for a guy like King Mo, underestimating what I bring to the cage would be a huge mistake.”

Vedepo defeated Davin Clark in October and will make the quick turnaround for this fight.

Below is the current lineup:


Light Heavyweight: Tito Ortiz vs. Stephan Bonnar

Vacant Bellator Lightweight Championship
Michael Chandler vs. Will Brooks

Light Heavyweight: Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs. Joe Vedepo

Middleweight: Melvin Manhoef vs. Joe Schilling

Bantamweight: Mike Richman vs. Nam Phan


Middleweight: AJ Matthews vs. Kyle Bolt

Flyweight: Ron Henderson vs. Jonathan Santa Maria

Featherweight: Jordan Bailey vs. Alex Higley

Flyweight: Matt Ramirez vs. Nick Garcia

Welterweight: Andy Murad vs. Bubba Pugh

Featherweight: Rolando Perez vs. Mark Vorgeas

Lightweight: Ian Butler vs. Joao Faria