Ben Saunders has been assigned a new opponent in Bellator’s upcoming Season 5 Welterweight Tournament. The former UFC star was scheduled to meet Rick Hawn in the tourney’s opening round, but a knee injury has forced him out of the September 10th scrap.
On Saturday, the company announced Chris Cisneros will serve as a last-minute substitute at Bellator 49.
“Well it sucks that my opponent got injured. I was looking forward to testing myself against him. I studied him like crazy expecting a WAR!” Saunders posted on his Twitter. “But injuries and replacements are apart of the game. I always train knowing I might have to adapt to situations. This camp was no different.”
Saunders owns a 10-3-2 professional record and has rattled off two consecutive wins since being released from the UFC in August 2010.
Cisneros joins Bellator with a 11-3 mark and will be riding a five-fight winning streak into the Caesars in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
MTV2 will broadcast the show beginning at 9PM ET/PT.
Here is the card’s revised roster:
Kenny Foster vs. Andy Main
Giedrius Karavackas vs. LeVon Maynard
Azunna Anyanwu vs. J.A. Dudley
Joel Roberts vs. Brylan Van Artsdalen
Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra vs. Scott Heckman
Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinals (1stRound):
Douglas Lima vs. Steve Carl
Brent Weedman vs. Chris Lozano
Dan Hornbuckle vs. Luis Santos
Ben Saunders vs. Chris Cisneros