You win some, you lose some ... and some you don't even get to fight. Unfortunately, this news falls into the third category.
Popular Bellator bantamweight Mike "The Marine" Richman -- who was previously slotted for a contender eliminator match against former 135-pound champion Eduardo Dantas -- will have to sit on the sidelines for Bellator 135, which takes place inside WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla., on March 27, 2015.
Richman scored finishes in his last two Bellator fights, most recently notching a first-round knockout win over veteran fighter Nam Phan in less than one minute at a catchweight of 143 pounds. A win over Dantas would have solidified his claim to be the next man to face the winner of the night's main event:
Champion Joe Warren vs. Marcos Galvao.
Because of the super short notice, a replacement opponent to fight Dantas was unavailable; therefore, Bellator MMA announced a substitution fight will move up from the "Prelims" bouts to the main card. L.C. Davis (22-6) vs. Hideo Tokoro (32-27) will now be a featured fight on Spike TV, with Dantas vs. Richman rescheduled to take place at a later date.
Here is the revised Bellator 135 fight card and line up:
Main Card (9 p.m. ET):
Bellator Bantamweight Title Fight: Champ Joe Warren (12-3) vs. Marcos Galvao (16-6-1)
Bellator Bantamweight Feature Fight: L.C. Davis (22-6) vs. Hideo Tokoro (32-27)
Bellator Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Francis Carmont (22-10) vs. Guilherme Viana (6-1)
Bellator Lightweight Feature Fight: Ryan Couture (9-3) vs. Dakota Cochrane (18-7)
"Prelims" Card (6:30 p.m. ET):
Bellator Welterweight Prelim Fight: Sean Holden (2-1) vs. Tim Roman (2-1)
Bellator Middleweight Prelim Fight: Neal Ewing (5-0) vs. Logan Nail (1-0)
Bellator Featherweight Prelim Fight: Emmanuel Sanchez (9-1) vs. Alejandro Villalobos (17-3)
Bellator Featherweight Prelim Fight: Stephen Banaszak (3-4) vs. Brad Mitchell (4-1)
Bellator Flyweight Prelim Fight: Klayton Mai (6-1) vs. Xavier Siller (5-3)
Bellator Bantamweight Prelim Fight: J.P. Cole (2-2) vs. Geo Pacurariu (8-4)
Bellator Heavyweight Prelim Fight: Rashad Coulter (4-1) vs. Jeremiah O'Neal (13-24)
MMAmania.com will have complete coverage of Bellator 135, including pre-fight predictions, live weigh-ins, results from preliminary and televised fights, and a post-fight recap after the event.