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Bellator 99 Nunes vs. ‘Pitbull’ named headliner

Bellator 99 Nunes vs. ‘Pitbull’ named headliner

August 20, 2013

The fight card is set for next month’s Bellator 99 event, and one of the lineup’s four opening-round matchups in the Season 9 featherweight tournament has taken the top spot.

Bellator 99 takes place Sept. 13 at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. The main card airs on Spike TV following prelims on Spike.com.

A planned light-heavyweight bout between UFC vet/recent signeeVladimir Matyushenko (26-7 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and former Bellator champion Christian M’Pumbu (18-5-1 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) has been scrapped. M’Pumbu suffered a hand injury and has been replaced by Houston Alexander (15-9 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), a former UFC fighter who makes his Bellator debut following a pair of stoppage wins earlier this year with VFC.

Taking the main-event spot from Matyushenko vs. M’Pumbu is a tournament bout between Diego Nunes(18-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and Patricio Freire (17-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA). Nunes, who recently went 7-4 with the UFC and WEC, makes his Bellator debut against “Pitbull,” a former title challenger and two-time tournament finalist.

New preliminary-card bouts include light heavyweights Savo Kosic (4-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Hector Ramirez (9-5-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA), bantamweights Derek Loffer (4-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Mario Navarro(4-3 MMA, 1-1 BMMA), heavyweights Blagoi Ivanov (7-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) vs. Manny Lara (4-3 MMA, 0-2 BMMA), and light heavyweights Nick Moghaddam (6-6-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) vs. Virgil Zwicker (10-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA).

The full Bellator 99 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET)

PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com, 7 p.m. ET)

Source: MMAJunkie