Bellator MMA 112 has had a few injury problems as of late. Three of the eight competitors have had to pull out of the Bellator MMA Season 10 Welterweight tournament including War Machine, Mark Scanlon, and Fight Master: Bellator MMA winner Joe Riggs. War Machine and Joe Riggs both had documents of their medical conditions, but there was no explanation given to why Scanlon is not on the card anymore. Binns Management client and 215MMA's Sam "Sammy O" Oropeza was scheduled to take on Riggs in the first round of the tournament. Due to Riggs withdrawing from the bout, a replacement had to be named for Oropeza's opponent on short notice. Bellator MMA has announced Sam Oropeza will now be taking on Cristiano "Soldier Boy" Souza (7-0).
Oropeza's opponent has far less experience than his previous opponent Joe Riggs, but Cristiano Souza is a dangerous opponent inside the cage nonetheless. Souza fights out of American Top Team in Boca, Raton, Florida and is undefeated at 7-0, with 3 of those victories coming inside of the Bellator MMA cage. Souza has finished 6 of his 7 bouts, three of them by knockout and three by submission. With the three fighters withdrawing from their bouts, the entire season 10 Welterweight bracket was rearranged with Oropeza vs. Souza being the co-main event. Both men are very good at finishing their fights, so do not blink or you just might miss this one.
MMA Junkie reported what Bellator MMA CEO Bjorn Rebney had to say on the fight changes for Bellator MMA:
“We’ve been riding a great wave of not losing any fights or fighters from our tournaments, and while losing any fighter from a tournament is never something we’re happy to see happen, it’s part of the sport, and it’s a huge credit to our talent team to have developed the depth in the division to replace fighters with talent like Paul Bradley, Nathan Coy and Cristiano Souza.”
The following is the current Bellator MMA 112 fight card due to the changes that were recently made:
Sam Oropeza vs. Cristiano Souza
Jesse Juarez vs. Adam McDonough
Andrey Koreshkov vs. Nah-Shon Burrell
Paul Bradley vs. Nathan Coy
A.J. Matthews vs. Belal Muhammad
Diego Marlon vs. Rob Menigoz
Darrion Caldwell vs. Lance Surma
Derek Loffer vs. Bobby Reardanz
Jason Guida vs. Anthony Gomez
Erick Correa vs. Daniel James
Bellator MMA 112: Straus vs. Curran 3 will be at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana on March 14th. It will be airing live on Spike TV starting at 9 PM ET.
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