War Machine is out of his planned Bellator tournament bout with Nah-Shon Burrell due to an injury. The two were expected to meet next Friday night at Bellator 112.
According to sources with FightLine, Paul Bradley will be inserted into the welterweight tourney fight. Bellator has yet to make an official announcement.
Bradley (21-5) was scheduled to meet Nathan McCoy on the card from Hammond, Indiana. The main card airs on Spike TV, with prelims streaming live online.
Late last year, the former University of Iowa standout scored a decision victory over Karl Amoussou. He fought twice for the UFC in 2011, losing to both Mike Pierce and Rafael Natal.
Bradley also fought in the Strikeforce Challengers series back in 2010, going 1-1 with a loss to Luke Rockhold.
War Machine posted on Twitter late Thursday night that the disc injury he suffered in an accident will keep him from competing.
“Really bummed/depressed but the back injury I sustained in my accident is forcing me to pull out of the Bellator tournament,” he wrote. “I have fought my last 3 fights with a torn ACL, a hernia and a torn rotator cuff but this disc injury is too much, can’t feel right foot.
“Herniated disc has caused me numbness in right glute/hammy/foot and I can’t even flex my calf. Nothing I can do but bow out. I’ll be back.”