Mighty Mo Confirmed As Arlovksi's Replacement for K-1 Final 16

Aaron YoungContributor IIIOctober 1, 2010

After two weeks of last-minute changes, the final card for the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 is finally set.

After Andrei Arlovski withdrew from the card due to injury on Tuesday, Samoan kickboxer Mighty Mo was reported as his replacement on Thursday.

Kombat.ro was the first to break the news of the signing of the K-1 veteran.

Later tonight in Korea, Mo will take on 25-year-old Romanian kickboxer Raul Catinas in the first round of the K-1 World Grand Prix. This will be Catinas' Grand Prix debut.

Mighty Mo, 15-11 in career kickboxing bouts, has once before competed in the World Grand Prix Final, losing to Koaklai Kaennorsing in the quarterfinals of the tournament. Mo also appeared in the Final 16 in 2007, losing to Hong-Man Choi.

Earlier this year, in May, he competed in the K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 in Bucharest but was eliminated in the semifinals by Sebastian Ciobanu.

Starting in 2004, Siala-Mou Siligia, Mo's real name, won 13 of his first 17 K-1 fights defeating the likes of Choi, 6'9" veteran Jan Nortje, and three-time Grand Prix Champion Remy Bojansky. Since the summer of 2007, though, Mo has compiled a lackluster in K-1, losing seven of his last nine bouts.

In his career, he has two tournament wins, the K-1 World Grand Prix 2004 in Las Vegas and the K-1 World Grand Prix 2007 in Hawaii.

Siligia's fight and all others on the main card will be seen tonight on HDNet in America, which is a likely reason for the selection of Might Mo. Recently, K-1 has shown great interest in establishing a presence in the American market.

Catinas could escape the round of 16 with an easy win, though, as Mo has only had two days to prepare for the contest.

If Mighty Mo will return to form and all other remaining questions will be answered tonight in Seoul, or early Saturday morning in the States.