Bellator Fighting Championship

NWI Times’ Matt Erickson reports that Hobart, Indiana’s Josh Shockley has been moved onto the main card for Bellator 36. Initially scheduled to fight on the undercard, Shockley was given a quarterfinal spot in the Season 4 Bellator Lightweight Tournament, taking the place of Ferrid Kheder who apparently could not make weight.

Shockley will now face Bellator veteran Toby Imada at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, and the bout will air live on MTV2. Shockley is undefeated as a pro with a record of 6-0-1, and he has fought locally in C3, Duneland Classic and TFC.

“I’m pumped — it’s a big opportunity for me,” Shockley told Erickson on Friday night. “I had a feeling something was up (with Kheder not making weight). As soon as they announced (I was the replacement), I was very happy. Imada is super tough, but I’ll find a way.”

“We’ve had high hopes for Josh since we signed him, this is a great opportunity for him,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “He really doesn’t have anything to lose and that makes him a very dangerous fighter.”

It’s not only a huge career opportunity for Shockley, but it’s a financial windfall as well. He would have made $2,500 to show and $2,500 to win on the undercard. Now he’ll receive $10k to show and another $10k if he beats Imada. If Shockley can get past Imada, he advances to the semifinals of the tourney.

Unfortunately this leaves Kalvin Hackney, Shockley’s initial opponent, without a fight and he has been scratched from the event. But Erickson reports that sources close to the fight confirm that he will be paid both his show money and win bonus. Classy move by Bellator.

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