Three months after Kheder was involved in a controversial decision win over Hermes Franca in a fight that was later overturned by the promoter to a no-contest result, the Tunisian judoka failed to make weight for a Bellator 36 bout lightweight tournament bout with Toby Imada (28-15 MMA, 4-2 BFC).
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that undefeated Indianan Josh Shockley (6-0 MMA, 0-0 BFC), who was scheduled to fight on the evening's preliminary card, has been tapped as a replacement for Kheder, who will now likely face a hearing before the Louisiana Boxing and Wrestling Commission before he fights again in the U.S.
Featuring all four quarterfinal bouts in Bellator's season-four lightweight tournament, Bellator 36 takes place Saturday at Louisiana's Shreveport Municipal Auditorium. Today's official weigh-ins took place at the same venue.
According to sources close to the event, Kheder was as much as six pounds overweight for the 155-pound affair. The 36-year-old declined to register an official weight and instead left the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium without ever stepping on the scale.
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