Bellator 131: Joe Vedepo to Face “King Mo” Lawal
After Tom DeBlass was forced to withdraw from his November 15th bout with “King Mo” Lawal, Bellator has announced that Joe Vedepo will fight the former Strikeforce champ.
Vedepo has been tapped to face Lawal at Bellator 131, as DeBlass recently incurred a large cut while sparring and is no longer available to fight.
“This is just an absolutely blessing,” Vedepo said in a press release from then promotion. “When I got the phone call to fight on November 15, I didn’t even need to hear who the opponent was, I was all in. Mo’s tough as hell, he’s one of the best wrestlers in the sport, but I haven’t stopped training in months and I know this is a chance of a lifetime. I always thrive on coming into the fight as an underdog, and while I have all the respect in the world for a guy like King Mo, underestimating what I bring to the cage would be a huge mistake.”
Vedepo (17-8) is riding a three fight winning streak, and is coming off a stoppage win over Davin Clark on October 17th.
Lawal (13-4), meanwhile, stopped Dustin Jacoby in his last outing, which took place at Bellator 123 in September.
Here is the complete line-up for Bellator 131, which will be hosted by San Diego’s Valley View Center.
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Tito Ortiz (17-11) vs. Stephan Bonnar (15-8)
Lightweight Title Fight: Michael Chandler (12-2) vs. Will Brooks (14-1)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: King Mo (13-4) vs. Joe Vedepo (17-8)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Melvin Manhoef (29-11 MMA, 37-12 Kickboxing) vs. Joe Schilling (1-3 MMA, 17-7 Kickboxing)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Mike Richman (17-5) vs. Nam Phan (20-13)
Middleweight Feature Fight: AJ Matthews (6-3) vs. Kyle Bolt (8-3)
Flyweight Feature Fight: Ron Henderson (debut) vs. Jonathan Santa Maria (debut)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Jordan Bailey (2-1) vs. Alex Higley (debut)
Flyweight Feature Fight: Matt Ramirez (1-0) vs. Nick Garcia (1-1)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Andy Murad (8-2) vs. Bubba Pugh (3-1)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Rolando Perez (7-4-1) vs. Mark Vorgeas (5-2)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Ian Butler (1-0) vs. Joao Faria (1-1)