Bellator 241 Officially Postponed Due To Coronavirus Concerns
One of the only entities that was set on continuing its event has officially halted everything. Fightful was the first to report that Bellator 241 has been officially postponed. This is as a precaution due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Bellator President Scott Coker made the following announcement on social media:
“The health and safety of everyone involved have, and will remain, our top priority as we move forward. After carefully monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, @BellatorMMA has chosen to postpone this evening’s Bellator 241 event at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.”
Initially, the event inside the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT was closed off to fans and media. Just for fighters and essential personnel, it is unsure if there was a specific reasoning besides concerns for the event to not happen.
We would like to apologize to our athletes and fans, as well as our broadcast partner DAZN, but we feel this is the best decision to be made at this time.
— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) March 13, 2020
The main event was supposed to be Patricio “Pitbull” Freire v. Pedro Carvalho in a quarter-final bout of the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix. Also on the line would have been Freire’s (30-4) Bellator Featherweight Championship. The co-main event was scheduled to be another Featherweight Grand Prix bout in Daniel Weichel v. Emmanuel Sanchez.
Bellator 241 is the latest event to be postponed as a result of the coronavirus. The next event for the promotion is on May 9 in California. Bellator Heavyweight Champion Ryan Bader is scheduled to defend his Light Heavyweight Championship against Vadim Nemkov. In the co-main event, Douglas Lima is scheduled to face Gegard Mousasi for the vacant Middleweight Championship.
The UFC is now the only major entity to continue its upcoming event in Brazil. UFC Brasilia will be without an audience and will only allow select personnel in.