The highly anticipated Bellator 131 fight card continues to grow as one of the most controversial figures in MMA returns to the Bellator cage.

On Monday, Bellator announced a light heavyweight matchup between ‘King Mo’ Muhammed Lawal and Tom DeBlass has officially been added to the November 15 fight card at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California. The two were originally scheduled to meet in September before an injury forced DeBlass to pull out of the bout.

Mo (13-4), a former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, is coming off a very impressive second round TKO victory over DeBlass’s replacment Dustin Jacoby at Bellator 123. Prior to this win, the American Top Team product suffered a very controversial decision loss to former UFC champion Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson in the main event of Bellator 120 in June. He will enter this bout with a Bellator record of 5-3, with four of those wins coming by way of knockout.

“Tom has been talking since we were supposed to fight in September,” said Mo in a press released. “He’s a good fighter, but my jab is going to erase his teeth and swell up his eyes. My right is going to make him see stars and bright lights. Another fight, another win.”

DeBlass (9-2), a jiu-jtisu specialist, is coming off back-t0-back TKO victories, with his most recent coming against Jason Lambert at Bellator 108. Prior to this win he suffered two decision losses under the UFC banner back in 2012. He enters this bout with six career stoppage victories, including four by way of knockout.

“Listen, I respect Mo and I think he’s a world class athlete,” DeBlass said. “That being said, I know what I’m capable of, and I not only believe that I will win the fight, but I’m going to finish him. Bellator has treated me incredible, and I’ve been asking for big fights. Let Mo do his talking. His mouth is his best weapon.”

The night will also feature one of the biggest grudge matches in the sport as MMA icons clash when Tito “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz returns to the Bellator cage to face fellow UFC Hall of Famer “The American Psycho” Stephan Bonnar in a light heavyweight affair, while Will Brooks rematches Michael Chandler for the vacant Bellator lightweight title.

Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased on Bellator.com, AXS.com, as well as the Valley View Casino Center.

Here’s how the rest of the card is shaping up:

  • Tito Ortiz (17-11-1) vs. Stephan Bonnar (15-8)
  • Will Brooks (14-1) vs. Michael Chandler (12-2)
  • ‘King Mo’ Muhammed Lawal (13-4) vs. Tom DeBlass (9-2)

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