Bellator 241 To Be Closed To The Public
With just one day until Bellator MMA gets ready for its premier event inside the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, there have been healthy concerns all over as a result of the coronavirus. Bellator President Scott Coker seems to understand everyone’s worries.
First reported by TSN Sports’ Aaron Bronsteter, Bellator 241 will go on as planned. The only difference is there will be no fans in attendance. All day, events were getting cancelled, from the NCAA Tournament, to NHL and NBA action. Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont ended up banning gatherings of 250 people or more, which added onto the pressure Bellator was dealing with.
Additionally, ESPN is reporting that there will be tests for the coronavirus for fighters, which includes seeing if they have fevers or have difficulty breathing.
Out of an abundance of caution for all parties, #Bellator241 on Friday, March 13 at Mohegan Sun Arena will be closed to the public. Refunds for ticketholders will be available at their original point of purchase.
— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) March 12, 2020
The main event will be Patricio “Pitbull” Freire v. Pedro Carvalho in a quarter-final bout of the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix. Also on the line will be Freire’s (30-4) Bellator Featherweight Championship. He is currently on a five-fight win streak and in his second reign as champion. “Pitbull” is also the Bellator Lightweight Champion. Carvalho (11-3) is on a six-fight win streak, having won all four of his Bellator bouts.
According to the latest from CNN, the coronavirus has infected over 124,518 people, with 4,607 deaths confirmed.