Sarnavskiy has a fractured hand and will not be able to
Bellator’s Season 8 lightweight tournament. Instead, Jason
Fischer will take his spot in the 155-pound semifinals and face
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney announced the news of Sarnavskiy’s injury
via Twitter on Monday evening. Bellator 91 takes place on Feb. 28
at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, N.M., and is headlined
by a light heavyweight title clash between Christian M’Pumbu and
Vegh. The event also includes the other half of the lightweight
tournament semis, as Will Brooks
squares off with Saad Awad. The
main card airs on Spike, while the prelims stream on Spike.com.
Fisher will look to avenge the only loss of his professional career
against Rickels, who won a unanimous verdict against the Mash Fight
Team product at Bellator 82 in November. “The Finisher” last
competed at Bellator 87, tapping Sevak
Magakian with a rear-naked choke in round one. All six of
Fisher’s victories have come by knockout or submission.
Rickels advanced to the Round of 4 in the lightweight bracket by
taking an entertaining unanimous decision triumph against Lloyd
Woodard at Bellator 87. “The Caveman” is 6-1 in the
Chicago-based promotion, with his only loss coming to Karl
Amoussou last May.