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Bellator postpones May fight cards due to COVID-19 pandemic

Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, all of Bellator’s May events have been called off.

Scott Coker at Bellator 237 in Japan. Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images

Bellator had three events lined up for the month of May. However, the global COVID-19 pandemic that’s caused lockdowns in major cities in the US has forced the postponement of all scheduled fight cards.

The company made the announcement via a press release on Monday.


Due to the ongoing safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as current federal, state and local government mandates, Bellator MMA officials today have announced that three upcoming live events scheduled for May have been postponed.

These events include:

Bellator 242 – May 9 in San Jose, Calif.

Bellator European Series London – May 16 in London

Bellator 243 – May 29 in Temecula, Calif.

The organization will continue to monitor the situation closely and fully intends to reschedule the events as soon as possible.

As always, the health and safety of our athletes, fans, partners and staff remains our top priority. We appreciate the understanding and patience of everyone involved during this incredibly difficult time.

Refunds for ticketholders to these events, as well as Bellator 241 originally scheduled for March 13 at Mohegan Sun Arena, will be available at their original point of purchase.

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Bellator 242 was supposed to feature two title fights: a light heavyweight championship between Ryan Bader and Vadim Nemkov, and the vacant middleweight title scrap between Gegard Mousasi and Douglas Lima. The London card would’ve showcased a bantamweight bout between SBG Dublin’s James Gallagher and Cal Ellenor.

Bellator 243, meanwhile, was supposedly the promotional debut of former UFC title challenger Liz Carmouche, who was set to headline the card against the undefeated Mandy Bohm.

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