Originally, Bellator’s big New York City-Madison Square Garden-pay-per-view-magum opus was supposed have champ Phil Davis fight Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal. But King Mo is injured, so now TUF winner Ryan Bader gets a crack at Davis.
If you’ll recall, Davis’ last fight in the UFC was a split decision loss to Bader. So, yeah, rematch and whatnot.
Here’s MMAJunkie with the news:
A third championship fight will unfold when Bellator makes its debut in New York City on June 24 as Phil Davis defends his light heavyweight championship against Ryan Bader.
Bader (22-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) was originally scheduled to make his promotional debut vs. Muhammed Lawal at the Bellator 180 event, but with “King Mo” forced out of the contest, the champion Davis (17-3 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) will step in to headline the Spike-televised portion of the card, which takes place prior to the “Bellator: NYC” pay-per-view at Madison Square Garden.