Bellator lightweight contender Derek Anderson has sufferent an undisclosed injury in training and has had to withdraw from his Bellator 148 bout with Ryan Couture. MMA Junkie confirmed today with Bellator that Patricky Freire will now face Couture at the same event.
Bellator 148 takes place Jan. 29 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, California
Couture (10-3 MMA) is riding a four fight winning streak, including two inside of the Bellator cage. A rear-naked choke win over Tommy Bagnasco at Bellator 124 was followed up by another rear-naked choke win over Dakota Cochrane at Bellator 135.
Freire (14-7 MMA) is coming off a split decision loss to Derek Anderson at Bellator 147 in December. Prior to the loss, Freire earned a unanimous decision win over Saad Awad at Bellator 141.
With the change, the Bellator 148 card now includes:
Paul Daley vs. Andy Uhrich
Paul Bradley vs. Chris Honeycutt
Raphael Butler vs. Tony Johnson
Derek Anderson vs. Ryan Couture
Ilima MacFarlane vs. Amber Tackett
Anthony Avila vs. John Reedy
Javy Ayala vs. Carl Seumanutafa
Art Arciniega vs. Justin Smitley
Mason Fowler vs. Idris Wasi
Thomas Diagne vs. Mark Dickman
Paul Ruiz vs. Josh San Diego