Bellator 185's Brennan Ward, Javier Torres Hurt; Rickels Pulled, Gracie Gets New Opponent

By Jordan Breen Oct 16, 2017

UFC Fight Night 118 is not the only card this weekend that has been torn apart by injuries as Bellator 185 has taken not just another hit, but two of them.

Bellator 185 has lost another main card bout and had to replace a fighter in another: due to an undisclosed injury suffered by Brennan Ward, his slated welterweight co-main event with David Rickels has been canceled, while in another 170-pound, undefeated Neiman Gracie will now face Strikeforce veteran Zak Bucia due to an injury suffered by intended opponent Javier Torres.

MMAJunkie was first to report the card changes on Monday.

Bellator 185 takes place this Friday at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., headlined by the promotional debut of perennial middleweight standout and one-time Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi, who faces former Bellator middleweight champ Alexander Shlemenko. The main card airs live on Spike with the preliminaries streaming on

The card was originally supposed to feature a co-main event between former Bellator light heavyweight champ Liam McGeary and “King Mo” Muhammed Lawal. When Lawal suffered a knee injury, he was replaced by Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Bubba McDaniel. Just days later, McGeary suffered an injury of his own, canceling the bout entirely.


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