On Thursday afternoon, it was announced welterweight Brian Foster (Pictured) would be forced out of his tournament quarterfinals matchup against David Rickels after the Mohegan Sun Commission failed to grant him his license.
According to Bellator Fighting Championships, Foster will need to be screened for additional testing before he is medically cleared to resume his career.
Last April, Foster withdrew from UFC 129 at the 11th hour after a pre-fight exam discovered he had a brain hemorrhage. He was subsequently cleared, but the UFC opted not to re-sign him. The 27-year-old has since picked up a pair of wins away from the Octagon.
Bellator didn’t confirm whether Foster’s exit from next Friday’s event was related to the complications he experienced last year.
Foster owns a 18-5 professional record.
Jordan Smith has agreed to serve as a last-minute substitute and meet Rickels at “Bellator 63″ inside Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.
“Brian’s a hugely talented fighter who we were hoping to see next Friday, but his Bellator premiere will need to be delayed just a bit” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “But to pick up a rising star in Jordan Smith and place him into the fire of our $100,000 Welterweight Tournament is what makes great moments.”
MTV2 will broadcast the card’s main bouts at 8PM ET/PT.
Here is the 170-pound tourney’s revised roster:
Bryan Baker vs. Carlos Pereira
Jordan Smith vs. David Rickels
Ben Saunders vs. Raul Amaya
Karl Amoussou vs.Chris Lozano