After originally preparing to face James Irvin at Bellator 125 on September 19, Brian Rogers will now turn his attention to Bellator veteran Brett Cooper as Irvin has suffered a leg injury that will force the California native out of the fight. The night will be headlined by a middleweight clash as Melvin “No Mercy” Manhoef squares off against Doug “The Rhino” Marshall.
Rogers is coming off another highlight reel victory after a vicious flying knee knockout over Adrian Miles at Bellator 119. Cooper is looking to bounce back after suffering a submission loss to Brandon Halsey at Bellator 122 that secured a title shot for Halsey against Alexander Shlemenko.
With the change, the current fight card for Bellator 125 is listed below:
Doug Marshall (18-7) vs. Melvin Manhoef (28-11-1)
Brett Cooper (20-10) vs. Brian Rogers (11-6)
Martin Stapleton (13-3) vs. Goiti Yamauchi (17-2)
Javy Ayala (7-3) vs. Raphael Butler (8-0-1)
Ron Keslar (11-6) vs. Jesse Juarez (21-9)
Aaron Wilkinson (11-6) vs. Chris Honeycutt (4-0)
Julio Cesar Neves (29-0) vs. Poppies Martinez (29-10)
Granson Clark (2-1) vs. George Zuniga (2-0)
Jonny Bonilla-Bowman (2-0) vs. Sergio Cortez (9-8)
Oscar Ramirez (3-1) vs. Matt Ramirez (debut)
Joe Neal (3-0) vs. Paul Ruiz (5-1)
Rafael Carvalho (9-1) vs. Anthony Ruiz (33-18)