Pat Curran Pulls Out Of Bellator 145, His Replacement Named

Former Bellator featherweight champ Pat Curran (21-7 MMA, 11-4 UFC) has pulled out of his fight with Justin Lawrence (8-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at Bellator 145: Vengeance due to a knee injury.

Emmanuel Sanchez (11-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has agreed to step in and fight Lawrence, according to MMA

An official announcement from Bellator is expected shortly.

Sanchez and Lawrence are scheduled to fight on the main card of this event.

Sanchez is 4-1 in his last five bouts and is coming off a split decision victory over Henry Corrales at Bellator 143.

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Lawrence is 4-1 in his last five bouts and is currently on a four-fight winning streak. He is coming off a first-round TKO victory over Sean Wilson at Bellator 138.

The main card airs live on Spike at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while the preliminary bouts will stream on at 7 p.m. ET.

Bellator 145 takes place on November 6th event at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The event is headlined by a featherweight title fight between Patricio Freire and Daniel Straus while Will Brooks and Marcin Held battle it out for the lightweight title in the co-main event.

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Here is the updated card for the event:

MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)

Champ Patricio Freire vs. Daniel Straus – for featherweight title
Champ Will Brooks vs. Marcin Held – for lightweight title
Justin Lawrence vs. Emmanuel Sanchez
Michael Chandler vs. David Rickels
Bobby Lashley vs. James Thompson

PRELIMINARY CARD (Online, 7 p.m. ET)

Alex Huddleston vs. Augusto Sakai
Adam Cella vs. Cheljean Erwin-Davis
Garrett Gross vs. Luke Nelson
Steven Mann vs. Hugh Pulley
Vince Eazelle vs. Chris Heatherly
Kevin Engel vs. Kyle Kurtz
Clay Mitchell vs. Kain Royer
Jordan Dowdy vs. Adam Meredith
Scott Ettling vs. Garrett Mueller
Brandon Lowe vs. Rashard Lovelace

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