Patricio “Pitbull” Freire will now take on Daniel Weichel at Bellator 138 for his featherweight title after a torn ACL knocked Georgi Karakhanyan out.
The Los Angeles Daily Times first reported the news of Karakhanyan’s injury, as the former World Series of Fighting champion will likely be sidelined for several months recovery.
Freire and Weichel will be the co-main event for the June 19 card from St. Louis, as Kimbo Slice meets Ken Shamrock in the Spike TV headliner.
Weichel (35-8) claimed the Season 10 tournament title with a win over Desmond Green and has since downed former champion Pat Curran as part of a seven-fight win streak. Freire (23-2) earned a successful title defense vs. Daniel Straus earlier this year.
Below is the current lineup:
MAIN CARD (Spike TV/9 p.m. ET)
Heavyweight: Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock
Bellator Featherweight Championship
Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (c) vs. Daniel Weichel
Heavyweight: Bobby Lashley vs. James Thompson
Lightweight: Michael Chandler vs. Derek Campos
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com/7 p.m. ET)
Welterweight: Steve Mann vs. Justin Guthrie
Strawweight: Dan O’Connor vs. Miles McDonald
Lightweight: Malcolm Smith vs. Luke Nelson
Featherweight: Kain Royer vs. Enrique Watson