An injury to Mike Bronzoulis has shifted things during the SPIKE-televised main card of Bellator 149: Shamrock vs. Gracie” on Feb. 19 at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

As a result of Bronzoulis’s injury, his scheduled opponent Melvin Guillard (32-15-2) will now square off against fellow lightweight Derek Campos.

Guillard (32-15-2), a former UFC and The Ultimate Fighter veteran, has lost three of his last four bouts. In his most recent outing, fans saw “The Young Assasin” shatter his hand during his Bellator debut where he dropped split decision loss to Brandon Girtz in August. Prior to this setback, “The Young Assasin” dropped yet another split decision, this time to WSOF champion Justin Gaethje at WSOF 15 last November. He will enter this bout with 23 career stoppage wins, including 21 by way of knockout.

Known as “The Stallion,” Campos (15-6) will come into his meeting with Guillard looking to right the ship after dropping his last two bouts. During his eight-fight tenure with Bellator MMA, the 27-year-old Texan has faced a who’s who of top lightweight talent, including Michael Chandler, Patricky Freire, Brandon Girtz (2x), and Estevan Payan.

In addition, Justin “The Big Pygmy Viking” Wren returns to action in what will be his second appearance under the Bellator MMA banner, when he meets Juan Torres (4-4) in heavyweight bout.

With an opportunity to continue fighting on the table, Wren left the sport and began his recovery process. A chance meeting with a friend led Wren on a trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where he came across and developed a deep connection with the Mbuti Pygmies, many of whom were enslaved, living on only the scraps the slave masters would pay them with. Wren found his calling there and wanted to do everything in his power to help the Pygmies. With multiple visits to the Congo, including a stint that lasted a year, Wren started a foundation called “Fight for the Forgotten.” Through his efforts, Wren and his staff of 17 have systematically bought the land of the slave owners, and have thus far legally given 2,740 acres of rainforest to the Pygmies, effectively freeing them from slavery.

As far as competition goes, Wren (11-2) was last seen earning a lackluster decision over Josh Burns at Bellator 141. This bouth marked his first fight since 2010.

His opponent, Torres (4-4), will be making his Bellator debut. He most recently ended his two fight losing streak with a first round TKO over Gary Harling in January.

These fight join a card that already features a double main event, including a rubber match between UFC Hall of Famers Ken Shamrock (28-16-2) and Royce Gracie (14-2-3) and a heavyweight fight between Kimbo Slice (5-2) and Dhafir Harris, better known as “Dada 5000.”

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