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Tom DeBlass out of Bellator 123, King Mo Lawal faces Marcus Sursa

Tom DeBlass (9-2) was scheduled to face King Mo Lawal (12-4) in the co-main event of Bellator’s season 11 debut at Bellator 123. However, DeBlass has suffered an injury to his knee cap and is forced to withdraw from the bout. The former UFC veteran was set to make his 3rd appearance in Bellator, but now that will be put on hold—DeBlass last competed in November of 2013.

Tom DeBlass details the injury in this tweet:

@bellatormma @kingmofh Guys it’s with regret that I cannot fight Mo Sept 5th. A few days after my ADCC match I dislocated my patellar. My knee cap shifted and dislocated. I had to take off that week of training. I was feeling good again only to dislocate my knee two my times. For medial patellar dislocation there is no surgery, just rehab. Problem is I had all of my meniscus removed years ago. Rolling Jiu-Jitsu I can do carefully, but right now with the pivoting of throwing punches and hard scrambles it’s bound to dislocate again. I’ve fought through broken noses, a fractured foot, a fractured hand, a badly injured siatic nerve, but when I don’t have knee stability it’s a different story. I spoke to Mo and he was nothing but a gentleman. I plan to be back competing this fall. Goodluck to Mo and we may meet in the future.

DeBlass also posted a picture of his dislocated patellar:


Bellator has found a replacement opponent to face King Mo, Marcus “Money” Sursa (13-8) will be replacing DeBlass in the co-main event. The 31 year old Sursa trains out of Disorderly Conduct in Texas and will be making his return to Bellator four years after he first competed for the promotion. Sursa made his first and only appearance at Bellator 20, losing to Eddie Sanchez via TKO in 2010.

Marcus Sursa is coming off back-to-back submission victories over Eric Schambari and Andrew Kapel, fighting in smaller promotions. He has finished 12 of his career 13 victories—8 by submission, 4 via TKO.

Bellator 123 takes place at the Mohegan Sun Casino on Friday, September 5th and is headlined by a featherweight title bout between Pat Curran and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire. A special earlier start time of 8 P.M. is scheduled for the main card airing on Spike TV.

Tags: Bellator 123 Bellator MMA King Mo Lawal Marcus Sursa Tom DeBlass

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