The last time we heard from Bellator’s Scott Coker, the promotion’s President stated that the summer would be when fights could resume. The end of July was the ideal goal as long as it was safe to do so as a result of the coronavirus. After that, not much was going through the airwaves.
Now, it appears the return of Bellator could be sooner than we think.
According to a report by Sherdog, the promotion is targeting a return to action on July 24. If all goes according to plan, the familiar home that is the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut will host fights. This would relate to Viacom and the Showtime Championship Boxing, where Bellator works with Stephen Espinoza.
The last event Bellator had was Bellator 240 in Dublin in February. In the main event, Leah McCourt beat Judith Ruis while Brent Primus beat Chris Bungard. A few days after the promotion revealed plans for its summer lineup, COVID-19 started spreading across America.
Bellator 241, set to take place on March 13 in Uncasville, was eventually postponed. Following that, the promotion postponed the following events: Bellator 242 (May 9), Bellator Europe/Bellator London (May 16), and Bellator 243 (May 29). Bellator 244 on June 6 was the last event postponed. The next fight card on the schedule appears to be in October in Dublin.
When discussing plans for the summer, Coker talked about using a Paramount or a CBS lot to do some soundstage fights. It is unknown which fighters would be appearing for the promotion’s return. As of now, Bellator has not commented on the matter.