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Tom DeBlass Out Of Bellator 123 Fight With “King Mo” Lawal

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Tom DeBlass has confirmed reports that he will not be able to fight Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal this September 5 at Bellator 123.

DeBlass and Lawal were expected to be part of the Spike TV main card. According to a report by, Marcus Sursa has already been tabbed as a replacement.

DeBlass took to Twitter to release an extended message discussing why he was forced out:

Guys it’s with regret that I cannot fight Mo Sept 5th. A few days after my ADCC match I dislocated my patellar. My knee cap shifted and dislocated. I had to take off that week of training.

I was feeling good again only to dislocate my knee two my times. For medial patellar dislocation there is no surgery, just rehab. Problem is I had all of my meniscus removed years ago.

Rolling Jiu-Jitsu I can do carefully, but right now with the pivoting of throwing punches and hard scrambles it’s bound to dislocate again. I’ve fought through broken noses, a fractured foot, a fractured hand, a badly injured siatic nerve, but when I don’t have knee stability it’s a different story.

I spoke to Mo and he was nothing but a gentleman. I plan to be back competing this fall. Good luck to Mo and we may meet in the future.

Below is the current lineup for the card:

MAIN CARD (Spike TV/8 p.m. ET)

Bellator Featherweight Championship
Pat Curran (c) vs. Patricio “Pitbull” Freire

Light Heavyweight: Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs. Marcus Sursa

Heavyweight: Bobby Lashley vs. Josh Burns

Heavyweight: Cheick Kongo vs. Lavar Johnson


Bantamweight: Marvin Maldonado vs. Rico Disciullo

Bantamweight: Steve Garcia vs. Kin Moy

Heavyweight: Mike Wessel vs. Josh Diekmann

Middleweight: Tamdan McCrory vs. Brennan Ward

Middleweight: Perry Filkins vs. Dan Cramer

Light Heavyweight: Mike Mucitelli vs. Mark Griffin

Featherweight: Phillipe Martins vs. Pete Rogers, Jr.

Bantamweight: Brandon Fleming vs. Blair Tugman

Lightweight: Lucas Cruz vs. Andrew Calandrelli

Featherweight: Scott Cleve vs. Matt Bessette