Houston AlexanderA hand injury has forced former Bellator light heavyweight champion Christian M’Pumbu off of the Sept. 13 Bellator 99 fight card. He was originally scheduled to face Vladimir Matyushenko.

“The Janitor” will now meet fellow UFC veteran Houston Alexander live on Spike TV. The night will be headlined by a Featherweight Tournament Opening Round fight between Patricio Pitbull Freire and Diego “The Gun” Nunes.

The event will broadcast live starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT and feature three hours of action on Spike TV, as well as in Spanish language on mun2. The preliminary card will be streamed live and free on Spike.com with an early start time at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT.

Both Matyushenko and Alexander hold impressive victories in their respective careers, including wins over Antonio Nogueira, Tim Boetsch and Keith Jardine. For Alexander, the opportunity to fight inside the Bellator cage was one he couldn’t pass up.

“It’s an honor to be able to fight for an organization like Bellator,” Alexander said. “I always want to take big fights, and Matyushenko is a guy that’s been around this sport since the beginning, and it will be a huge test. I just want to go out there and smash, do what I do best.”

The full fight card for Bellator 99 from Pechanga’s Resort and Casino has been finalized and after a near-death experience only eight months ago, Blagoi Ivanov will make a remarkable return to the Bellator cage. Ivanov spent nearly three months in a coma after being involved in an altercation that resulted in a critical injury that severely threatened his life. While nearly losing his battle, Ivanov’s dream has always been to return to the cage and his dream will become reality on Sept. 13 when he faces California’s Manny Lara in a heavyweight battle.

Brazilian prodigy Goiti Yamauchi is bringing his talents to the United States for the first time and will make his Bellator debut against Musa Toliver. At only 20-years old, he holds an impressive 14-1 professional record. Yamauchi is known for his submission tactics and has won 12 of his victories by submission, 10 coming in the first round.

Bellator 99 Fight Card

Main Card:
-Patricio Pitbull (17-2) vs. Diego Nunes (18-4)
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Vladimir Matyushenko (26-7) vs. Houston Alexander (15-9)
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Shahbulat Shamhalaev (12-2) vs. Akop Stepanyan (13-5)
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Joe Taimanglo (18-4) vs. Andrew Fisher (12-4)
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Desmond Green (8-1) vs. Fabricio Guerreiro (17-1)

Preliminary Card:
-Savio Kosic (4-1) vs. Hector Ramirez (9-5)
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Derek Loffer (4-1) vs. Mario Navarro (4-3)
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Andy Murad (6-0) vs. Gavin Sterritt (4-1)
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Musa Toliver (9-8) vs. Goiti Yamauchi (14-1)
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Manny Lara (4-3) vs. Blagoi Ivanov (7-0)
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Nick Moghaddam (6-6) vs. Virgil Zwicker (10-3)

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