Here's the Bellator press release:
Newport Beach, CA. (September 6, 2013) - Former Bellator Featherweight Champion Joe Warren has been deemed ineligible to compete by the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation. After reviewing the medical documentation submitted by Warren, the now Bellator Bantamweight Semifinalist will have his fight delayed until further notice.
"I've been fortunate to work with one of the best commissioners in the sport in Mike Mazzulli, and after carefully reviewing Joe's medical documents, everyone agreed to err on the side of caution with the goal of ensuring our fighters safety. It was determined Joe would be unable to compete this Saturday at Mohegan Sun. Joe's been with us since the beginning and as is the case with every fighter here, it's incumbent on me to ensure Joe is 100% healthy and medically cleared to fight before he steps into the Bellator cage."
With the Bellator Bantamweight Tournament semifinal fight now delayed, Bellator lightweights Patricky Pitbull and Derek Anderson will now be featured on the live broadcast of Bellator MMA from Mohegan Sun live on Spike Saturday, September 7th. The broadcast will begin at 6pm EST on Spike.com, and the television broadcast will begin at 8pm EST live on Spike.
Bellator Middleweight World Title Fight: Alexander "Storm" Shlemenko (47-7) vs. Brett Cooper (19-8)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Justin Torrey (9-0) vs. Andreas Spang (8-3)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Jeremy Kimball (10-3) vs. Perry Filkins (7-1)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Brian Rogers (10-5) vs. Mikkel Parlo (9-1)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Jason Butcher (6-0) vs. Giva Santana (18-2)
Bellator Lightweight Feature Fight: Derek Anderson (9-0) vs. Patricky Pitbull (10-4)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Jeff Nader (5-5) vs. Mike Mucitelli (5-0)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Dave Vitkay (12-12) vs. Brennan Ward (5-1)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Andrew Calandrelli (6-3) vs. Ryan Quinn (7-4-1)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Nick Piedmont (8-3-1) vs. Matt Bessette (11-4)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Glenn Allair (3-1) vs. Rico Disciullo (Debut)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Josh Diekman (12-5) vs. Parker Porter (5-3)
More from Bloody Elbow:
- Rafael 'Feijao' Cavalcante to face Igor Pokrajac at UFC Fight Night 32
- Bellator 98: Shlemenko vs. Cooper preview, plus Joe Warren, middleweight tournament quarterfinals
- Frank Mir vs. Alistair Overeem official for UFC 167
- Report: Johny Hendricks has yet to file VADA paperwork
- UFC 166 fight card: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3