Former welterweight tournament runner-up Bryan Baker has been tapped to replace an injured Brent Weedman in Bellator's season eight welterweight tournament.
Bellator officials announced the change on Tuesday. Baker will now step in and face Douglas Lima at Bellator 90 on February 21 at the Maverik Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
“When I got the call, I was ready to rock & roll,” Baker said in a press release. “I look at this opportunity as an absolute blessing. With our new child in the picture, this is an opportunity to make my family proud, show everyone what I’ve been working on, and let 'The Beast' go at it like he always does. Douglas is a strong, powerful guy but I’m going to use my reach advantage and show my strength. This is my destiny.”
Baker has not competed since being submitted by recent welterweight title challenger Karl Amoussou at Bellator 72 last July. The former WEC middleweight has won seven out of his ten appearances under the Bellator banner.
His opponent, Lima, looks to continue his road back to a title shot in his latest tournament showing. He scored a second round stoppage of Michail Tsarev during a quarterfinal bout at Bellator 86 last month.