Thales Leites suffered a knee injury that has forced him out of a March 19 bout vs. Mamed Khalidov

By contributor Pawel Sawicki

Former UFC title contender Thales Leites has officially been forced to withdraw from a fight against top European middleweight Mamed Khalidov at KSW 15 in Warsaw, Poland on March 19.

Leites had been tabbed to replaced Matt Lindland — who suffered a hand injury — against Khalidov, though there were already rumors that Leites too had been injured.

KSW has added a heavyweight bout to the March 19 show between ADCC veteran Karol Bedorf (6-1) and BJJ black belt Rogent Lloret (9-2-1).

The fight will be Bedorf’s first since December 2009, when he submitted Arunas Vilius with a kimura at KSW 12. As for Lloret, he’s coming off of a decision loss to Cole Konrad on August 19; Konrad went on to win the Bellator heavyweight title.

Pawel covers MMA for top Polish site MMANEWS.PL

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