A late injury has forced a change to the Bellator 96 fight card as Ryan Martinez will replace the injured Vincius “Spartan” Queiroz. Martinez will meet Season 7 finalist, Richard Hale, in the opening round of the four-man heavyweight tournament. Bellator officials announced the switch earlier today.
“Ryan’s a huge potential player in our HW division,” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “We had him slotted for our next HW tournament, but paid him to be here and make weight as if he was going to fight, just for this reason. And, his back to back camps with [King Mo] and Roy [Nelson] have him ready for tomorrow night’s fight.”
Weigh-ins for tonight’s card are set to begin tonight at 6PM live from Oklahoma.
The Bellator 96 lineup is a solid one for the promotion’s June 19 return trip to the WinStar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The card will feature a pair of tournaments as the light heavyweights, featuring Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, do battle in their own four-man tournament alongside the heavyweights.