Thiago Santos Replaces Michael Hayes in Bellator Heavyweight Tourney
By FCF Staff
Just two days removed from his alternate spot, stoppage win over Josh Burns, Bellator has announced that Thiago Santos will replace the injured Michael Hayes in its ongoing heavyweight tourney. Santos will enter the tournament and face Blagoi Ivanov at Bellator 56, October 29th at the Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas.
Although Hayes scored a spit decision win over Neil Grove in the competition’s quarterfinals on October 1st, a fractured orbital bone has forced him to withdraw from the competition.
Santos (9-1) has won three straight heading into his bout with Ivanov (5-0), who submitted Zak Jensen in the tourney’s opening round.
The competition’s other semfinal bout will see Eric Prindle fighting Ron Sparks.
Bellator 56 will be broadcast live on MTV 2 and the preliminary bouts will be streamed on Spike.com.