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Emmanuel Sanchez withdraws from Bellator 166 due to injury

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Bellator 166 and 167 come to WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. on Dec. 2 and Dec. 3, respectively. The latter card has already seen two main event fights scrapped due to injury, so the former may have been overdue to be bitten by the bug, too.

Although it's not the main event of Bellator 166, A.J. McKee vs. Emmanuel Sanchez was a key bout for the Featherweight division. The young McKee is 5-0 but had yet to be truly tested in a Bellator fight. The gritty Sanchez is 13-3 and would be on a four fight win streak were it not for Daniel Weichel.

That's no longer happening as Sanchez has withdrawn from the card due to injury, so Ray Wood (7-2) has agreed to face McKee on one week's notice. Wood is "All Business" but in his last Bellator appearance Adam Piccolotti gave him the business and choked him out.

Bellator also confirmed that the new main event of Bellator 167 is the Darrion Caldwell vs. Joe Taimanglo rematch. The updated cards for both shows can be found below.

Bellator 166 "Dantas vs. Warren 2" Main Card (Spike TV):

Bantamweight: Eduardo Dantas (18-4) vs. Joe Warren (14-5)
Featherweight: A.J. McKee (5-0) vs. Ray Wood (7-2)
Bantamweight: Marcos Galvao (17-7-1) vs. L.C. Davis (23-7)
Middleweight: Chris Honeycutt (8-1, 1 NC) vs. Ben Reiter (17-1-1)

Bellator 166 "Prelims" Card (

Featherweight: Treston Thomison (9-4) vs. TBD
Lightweight: Chris Jones (10-4) vs. Derrick Adkins (7-2)
Welterweight: Chance Rencountre (8-2) Levi Queen (8-3)
Middleweight: Gregory Babene (17-11) vs. Emiliano Sordi (14-5)
Catchweight (210 lbs.): Kinny Spotwood (2-2) vs. John King (4-3)

Bellator 167 "Caldwell vs. Taimanglo 2" Main Card (Spike TV):

Bantamweight: Darren Caldwell (9-1) vs. Joe Taimanglo (23-6-1)
Featherweight: John Teixeira (19-1-2) vs. Justin Lawrence (9-3)
Flyweight: Ilima MacFarlane (4-0) vs. Emily Ducote (4-1)
Welterweight: Chidi Njokuani (15-4, 1 NC) vs. Andre Fialho (7-0)

Bellator 167 "Prelims" Card (

Light Heavyweight: Jarod Trice (Debut) vs. Tommie Britton (Debut)
Lightweight: Jonathan Gary (11-6) vs. Aaron Roberson (5-4)
Featherweight: Brandon Philips (6-2) vs. Stephen Banaszak (5-5)
Welterweight: Justin Patterson (7-1) vs. Codale Ford (11-8)
Welterweight: Fernando Gonzalez (Debut) vs. Chris Hicks (3-8)
Heavyweight: Joey Soto (0-1) vs. Bronson St. Romaine (Debut)

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