Bellator champ Christian M'Pumbu returns in non-title action at
Bellator 55. | Photo: Keith Mills
Bellator light heavyweight champion Christian
M'Pumbu will return to the cage on Oct. 22, but his title will
not be on the line.
Sherdog.com has learned from a source close to the situation that
M'Pumbu will lock horns with 10-year pro Travis Wiuff
in a non-title bout at Bellator 55.
Bound for the Cocopah Resort and Casino in Yuma, Ariz., the event
will also feature the semifinals of the Chicago-based promotion's
ongoing bantamweight tournament. The main draw, which airs on MTV2
and EPIX, will see Olympic bronze medalist Alexis Vila
meet WEC veteran Marcos
Galvao while former Bellator tournament runner-up Ed West faces hot
Brazilian prospect Eduardo
Small for a light heavyweight by American standards, M'Pumbu used
superior speed to earn three successive technical knockouts and win
Bellator's inaugural light heavyweight tournament this past
The Congolese-born Frenchman has gone 8-1-1 in his last 10 outings,
notching wins in Deep and M-1 in addition to his successful
Bellator run. M'Pumbu most recently knocked out Richard
Hale to capture the Bellator gold, finishing the American with
only 43 seconds remaining in their Bellator 45 final on May 21.
Wiuff has won nine of his last 11 contests, suffering his most
recent defeat to Tim Hague one
year ago. Following that loss, “Diesel” won back-to-back fights in
December and May for the Extreme Challenge organization.
The Minnesotan's last run in a major promotion was a three-fight
stint with Sengoku from 2008 to 2009, as the 33-year-old knocked
Fujita in his debut before suffering technical knockouts to
Lawal and Stanislav
Nedkov to exit the promotion with a record of 1-2.