Bellator Postpones Next Three Events Due To Coronavirus
With no clear end in sight for the coronavirus pandemic, Bellator MMA has decided to not take any chances. The promotion announced that it has postponed all of its major events set to take place in May.
In a release, Bellator announced that Bellator 242 (May 9), Bellator Europe/Bellator London (May 16) and Bellator 243 (May 29) were to all be rescheduled. Refunds will be available at the original point of purchase for the events. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani was the first to report the news before the release.
“As always, the health and safety of our athletes, fans, partners and staff remains our top priority,” Bellator stated. “We appreciate the understanding and patience of everyone involved during this incredibly difficult time.”
This is not the first event for Bellator that was postponed as a result of the coronavirus. Bellator 241 on March 13 in Uncasville, CT was cancelled altogether after it was initially reported only fighters be allowed in the Mohegan Sun Arena.
President Scott Coker has been adamant about the health and safety of his fighters as the UFC continues to host events. When speaking with Luke Thomas, Coker made it a point that fights are secondary compared to the lives of everyone around him.
“There was one thing on my mind: ‘Is my staff, my fighters, my production crew, are we putting our people in harms way?,’ and I just couldn’t come to an answer on that,” Coker stated, via MMA Junkie.
Bellator 242 was supposed to feature Ryan Bader defending his Bellator Light heavyweight Title against Vadim Nemkov. The co-main event was Welterweight Champion Douglas Lima facing Gegard Mousasi for the vacant Bellator Middleweight Title. Bellator London was set to feature James Gallagher v. Cal Ellenor, while Bellator 243 had an announced main event of Liz Carmouche v. Mandy Bohm.
It is unknown the status of Bellator 244, set to take place on June 6 in Chicago.