Bellator 244 Officially Postponed Due To Coronavirus Concerns
Looking to take every precaution imaginable, Bellator MMA is expanding its postponement of future events to June.
Via a press release, Bellator announced it has postponed Bellator 244, set to take place inside the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois on June 6. The state of Illinois is currently under a stay-at-home order that has required events to not take place within the area. Is is looking to be expanded to mid-June.
“As always, the health and safety of our athletes, fans, partners and staff remains our top priority,” Bellator released in a statement. “We appreciate the understanding and patience of everyone involved during this incredibly difficult time.”
This is the fifth card Bellator has had to postpone due to the coronavirus. The night of Bellator 241, the promotion decided not to go through with the event. A few weeks later, Scott Coker postponed Bellator 242 (May 9), Bellator Europe/Bellator London (May 16) and Bellator 243 (May 29).
Earlier this month, Coker discussed an idea to wait for it to be safe to hold events. He stated that in the wake of the UFC continuing to attempt to hold events anywhere they can.
“I don’t want to get into the details, but we do have an execution plan,” Coker stated. “If we get the green light at the end of June, we are ready to go. If we get the green light in July, we are ready to go. What we have done is map out a plan for June, July or August re-entry, and each one of these plans has an execution of events with how many we need to do to catch up.”
One idea he had was to have events on a soundstage, in the lots of Paramount or CBS.
The main event of the card was supposed to be Michael Chandler and Benson Henderson in a rematch. The co-main would have been a continuation of the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix. A.J. McKee was set to return from injury against Darrion Caldwell.