It looks like Tom Deblass vs. ‘King Mo’ Muhammed Lawal has been put on hold once again.

On Saturday, Deblass revealed he has been forced to pull out of his scheduled fight wit King Mo after suffering a nasty cut in training camp in the weeks leading to their light heavyweight bout at Bellator 131 in November.

King Mo is still expected to compete but a replacement fighter has not been named.

Deblass took to Twitter to shed light on his cut and offer an apology to the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion:

@kingmofh sometimes life throws unexpected things our way. Accidental headbutt did just that two weeks before my fight with @kingMofh this cut is deep and bad. This cut is taking me out of the fight with Mo. As soon as it’s touched in the fight it will bust open. I know so many of you wanted to see this so I apologize, and I felt so great, as we know injuries happen in MMA and we fighters take the worst of it. Regarding Mo, we already spoke and he’s one of the most respectful guys I’ve talked too. We already spoke of training together when I’m healed. As far as MMA is concerned I’ll never say never, but I can say right now I’m focusing on competing Jiu-Jitsu and improving my Academy. I have no plans to fight right now. Thank you to my manager Danny Liguori for everything and Bellator for being so awesome, you may see me back in there one day. But for now let’s win some more Jiu-Jitsu title

This marks the second time Deblass has withdrawn from a scheduled bout with the former Strikefroce light heavyweight champion. The two were originally set to meet Bellator 123 in September before Deblass pulled out with a knee injury.

Deblass (9-2), a former Ring of Combat Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight champion, has not competed since earning a first round knockout victory over Jason Lambert just under two minutes into their Bellator 108 bout in November 2013. Prior to this win, he scored a second round TKO victory in his Bellator debut against Carlos Brooks at Bellator 95, snapping his two fight losing streak.

Bellator 131 is currently set to take place on November 15 at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. A grudge match between UFC Hall of Famers turned Bellator light heavyweights Tito Ortiz and Stephan Bonnar will serve as the night’s headlining act. A lightweight title fight between Michael Chandler and interim champion Will Brooks will serve as the co-main event.

Tickets are on sale now and are available at the Valley View Casino Center Box Office, axs.com or Bellator.com.

  • Tito Ortiz (17-11) vs. Stephan Bonnar (15-8)
  • Interim Bellator MMA lightweight champ Will Brooks (14-1) vs. Michael Chandler (12-2) – For vacant Bellator MMA lightweight championship
  • Melvin Manhoef (29-11 MMA, 37-12 Kickboxing) vs. Joe Schilling (1-3 MMA, 17-7 Kickboxing)
  • Mike Richman (17-5) vs. Nam Phan (20-13)
  • AJ Matthews (6-3) vs. Kyle Bolt (8-3)
  • Ron Henderson (debut) vs. Jonathan Santa Maria (debut)
  • Jordan Bailey (2-1) vs. Alex Higley (debut)
  • Matt Ramirez (1-0) vs. Nick Garcia (1-1)
  • Andy Murad (8-2) vs. Bubba Pugh (3-1)
  • Rolando Perez (7-4-1) vs. Mark Vorgeas (5-2)
  • Ian Butler (1-0) vs. Joao Faria (1-1)

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