Bellator MMA has officially announced that their three events scheduled for May have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The news was first reported by ESPN’s Ariel Helwani and since confirmed by Bellator with a press release.
The company was set to run the SAP Center in San Jose on May 9th for Bellator 242, a Bellator European Series card on May 16th in London, and Bellator 243 on May 29th in Temecula, California.
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.
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.
Bellator 242 in San Jose was set to feature Ryan Bader defending the light heavyweight title against Vadim Nemkov, plus a middleweight fight between Gegard Mousasi and Douglas Lima for the vacant middleweight title.
The card in London, England at the SSE Arena had James Gallagher taking on Cal Ellenor in the main event.
The only fight officially announced for Bellator 243 on May 29th was Liz Carmouche making her Bellator debut against Mandy Bohm in a flyweight fight.
The next card on Bellator’s schedule after the month of May is Bellator 244 that is listed June 6th at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois with Benson Henderson vs. Michael Chandler and A.J. McKee vs. Darrion Caldwell in the semi-finals of the Featherweight World Grand Prix.