Bellator Fighting Championships announced yesterday that Thiago “Big Monster” Santos has been removed from the Bellator 45 fight card this Saturday due to injury. The fight between Santos and Derrick Lewis has also been removed. The fight will be replaced by an undercard catchweight fight between Ben Parpart (2-2) and Joseph Abercrombie (2-1).
Headlining the show will be the heavy handed Christian M’Pumbu facing Richard “Rare Breed” Hale to see who will become the first-ever Bellator Light Heavyweight World Champion, along with Daniel Straus and Patricio Pitbull clashing in a Season 4 Featherweight Tournament Title Fight. The card will also feature Sam Alvey taking on Karl “Psycho” Amoussou in a Middleweight Tournament Qualifier Fight.
The full fight card for Bellator 45 is below:
Vacant Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship
Christian M’Pumbu (17-3-1) vs. Richard Hale (17-3-1)
Patricio Pitbull (16-1) vs. Daniel Straus (16-3)
Sam Alvey (14-2) vs. Karl “Psycho” Amoussou (12-3-2)
John Hill (4-1) vs. Shawn Jordan (9-2)
Nicolae Cury (4-1) vs. Luis “Sapo” Santos (47-6)
Tim Ruberg (5-0) vs. Mike Fleniken (3-3)
Rene Nazare (8-0) vs. Kalvin Hackney (11-1)
Joseph Abercrombie (2-1) vs. Ben Parpart (2-2)
Bellator 45 will be broadcast live on MTV2 this Saturday, May 21st from L’Auberge Du Lac Casino and Resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana.