MMAjunkie.com has confirmed that Ricco Rodriguez has been forced out of his bout with Dave Herman for Bellator 31 on Sept. 30. Rodriguez was planning to go through with the contest despite his knee injury before being told he may need to have multiple surgeries. This would have been Herman's first bout with Bellator in over a year due to being in a contract dispute with the organization.In that one bout with Bellator, Herman TKO'd Josh Barnes in the first round. Rodriguez was on a nine fight winning streak on the regional circuit and looked to climb back up the heavyweight rankings in his bout with Herman. At this moment a replacement for the former UFC heavyweight champion Rodriguez has not been announced.