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 MMAjunkie.com, 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
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com)
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