With Anthony Adams out, Lorenz Larkin now faces newly signed Kyle Stewart at Bellator 280


Lorenz Larkin is now up to three different scheduled opponents for his return to the Bellator cage.

Promotional officials revealed on Tuesday that Anthony Adams has been scratched from the matchup and Larkin will now face Kyle Stewart at Bellator 280, which takes place May 6 at Accor Arena in Paris, France. EuroSport first reported the changes.

Although many feel Larkin is one of the top contenders for the welterweight title, he returns to the middleweight division for the second straight time. “Da Monsoon”, who defeated Rafael Carvalho, the former champion at Bellator 258 in May, will be entering this bout with a 5-fight winning streak.

Stewart is 4-2 since parting ways with the UFC following a loss to Erik Koch at UFC 240 in July 2019. “Gunz Up”, a UFC veteran, defeated Zak Ottow at XMMA earlier this month. This has resulted in him signing a multi-fight contract with Bellator. A promotional official was confirmed by MMA Fighting.

In addition, Saul Rogers was scratched from his scheduled bout with Soren Bak for undisclosed reasons. Bak will remain on the card and will face Charlie Leary at a catchweight of 160 pounds.

Bellator 280 headlines a heavyweight champion rematch between Ryan Bader & Cheick Kongo.