Bellator’s Best Efforts Continue To Fail: Cheick Kongo’s Opponent, Out With Knee Injury
This weekend has been rough on Bellator, as two fighters scheduled to headline upcoming events have pulled out of their respective bouts due to injury. The most recent of these is Vinicius ‘Spartan’ Queiroz, finalist of Bellator’s Heavyweight tournament who was set to face Cheick Kongo (shown above) on November 8.
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
Vinicius ‘Spartan’ Queiroz has been forced to pull out of his upcoming Bellator Heavyweight tournament finals bout against Cheick Kongo due to an injury of his ACL. He suffered the injury during training.
This leaves Bellator in a scramble to find a replacement for Kongo in just under two weeks. He and Queiroz were set to headline Bellator 107, which takes place November 8 in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
This is the second time the Kongo fight has been adjusted. He and Queiroz were originally scheduled to fight on Bellator’s Nov. 2 Pay-Per-View event, but when that was cancelled following an injury to headliner Tito Ortiz, the promotion moved Kongo-Queiroz to headline Bellator 107 on Nov. 8.
In the aftermath of this weekend, Bellator will go on with the Nov. 2 event, Bellator 106, and it will air live and free on Spike TV. Bellator 107 will still go on, however, the promotion has not announced if Kongo will have another opponent on such short notice.