MMA Fighting verified with Bellator officers and Romero’s administration that Romero has been pressured to withdraw not just from his co-most important celebration bout with Johnson at Bellator 258 on May well 7, but from the light heavyweight tournament completely right after he did not crystal clear pre-combat health care screening. The news was initially reported by CBS Sporting activities.
Bellator officials also issued a statement about Romero’s status:
Bellator 258 was to mark the advertising debuts of both of those Romero and Johnson, two longtime UFC contenders at middleweight and light-weight heavyweight, respectively, that signed with Bellator in December 2020. Officers are looking for a new opponent for future week’s card to encounter Johnson and to serve as an alternate for the grand prix.
Romero, 43, has missing three straight bouts and four of his previous five. In his most new outing, he missing a unanimous decision to UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya at UFC 248 in March of very last calendar year.
Johnson, 37, is coming out of retirement following most just lately competing at UFC 210 in April 2017, where by he missing by 2nd-spherical submission to then-UFC light-weight heavyweight winner Daniel Cormier. He has won 12 of his previous 14 fights.