Bellator 99 adds Alexander vs. Matyushenko; Nunes vs. 'Pitbull' named headliner
The fight card is set for next month's Bellator 99 event, and one of the lineup's four opening-round matchups in the Season 9 featherweight tournament has taken the top spot.
Bellator 99 takes place Sept. 13 at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. The main card airs on Spike TV following prelims on Spike.com.
A planned light-heavyweight bout between UFC vet/recent signee (26-7 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and former Bellator champion (18-5-1 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) has been scrapped. M'Pumbu suffered a hand injury and has been replaced by (15-9 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), a former UFC fighter who makes his Bellator debut following a pair of stoppage wins earlier this year with VFC.
Taking the main-event spot from Matyushenko vs. M'Pumbu is a tournament bout between (18-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and (17-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA). Nunes, who recently went 7-4 with the UFC and WEC, makes his Bellator debut against "Pitbull," a former title challenger and two-time tournament finalist.
New preliminary-card bouts include light heavyweights (4-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. (9-5-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA), bantamweights (4-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. (4-3 MMA, 1-1 BMMA), heavyweights (7-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) vs. (4-3 MMA, 0-2 BMMA), and light heavyweights (6-6-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) vs. (10-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA).
The full Bellator 99 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET)
Patricio Freire vs. Diego Nunes - featherweight tournament opening round