Plans can change and therefore there always needs to be a backup plan in place. Bellator MMA officials knew that so they have made a backup plan in case they need a replacement fighter worthy of stepping into one of the light-heavyweight tournament bouts at Bellator 142.

Bellator President Scott Coker revealed to MMAjunkie that Francis Carmont and Philipe Lins will compete in a light heavyweight alternate bout at Bellator 142: Dynamite.

The winner of this bout will be the first candidate to step into the tournament should one of the four scheduled members – Muhammed Lawal, Phil Davis, Emmanuel Newton and Linton Vassell not be able to fight.

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Bellator MMA announced a several weeks back that they would be doing something like no other. Bellator would join forces with Glory Kickboxing (that also airs on Spike TV) for a joint show in September.

For those who don’t know or understand, the event will feature both a kickboxing ring and mixed martial arts cage inside one arena. An idea that seems outside the box, but one idea that Bellator MMA President Scott Coker is strongly behind.

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Bellator 142: Dynamite takes place Sept.19 at SAP Center in San Jose, California and the main card will air on Spike TV in prime time. This event is a stacked show to say the least with a light heavyweight Championship fight between current champion Liam McGeary and UFC veteran Tito Ortiz being the headliner.

Here is the current card (MMA bouts only) for the event:

  • Champ Liam McGeary vs. Tito Ortiz – for light-heavyweight title
  • Phil Davis vs. opponent TBA – light-heavyweight tournament opening round
  • Muhammed Lawal vs. opponent TBA – light-heavyweight tournament opening round
  • Emanuel Newton vs. opponent TBA – light-heavyweight tournament opening round
  • Linton Vassell vs. opponent TBA – light-heavyweight tournament opening round
  • Francis Carmont vs. Philipe Lins – light-heavyweight tournament alternate bout
  • Mike Bronzoulis vs. Josh Thomson
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