No sooner than he was added to the card, Thiago “Big Monster” Santos was removed from Bellator 45 due to injury.
Santos’ fight with Derrick Lewis was cancelled. It will be replaced on the the main card by the catchweight match between Ben Parpart (2-2) and Joseph Abercrombie (2-1).
While Bellator has run into a recent series of late scratches, it has been amazingly fortunate that none of the injuries forced out any of its tournaments competitors. Season 4 ends Saturday at Bellator 45, which takes place at L’Auberge Du Lac Casino and Resort in Lake Charles, La. The first light heavyweight belt is on the line as Richard Hale meets Christian M’Pumbu. The featherweight tournament finalists are Patricio “Pitbull” Freire and Daniel Straus, with the winner getting a chance to take the belt from Joe Warren.