One of the most predicted fights in Bellator heritage has been canceled.
The gentle heavyweight grand prix matchup in between Yoel Romero and Anthony Johnson at Bellator 258 has been called off following Romero was not cleared to compete subsequent a professional medical screening.
Bellator officials introduced the information to the ViacomCBS-owned CBSSports.com on Thursday. MMA Junkie subsequently confirmed the announcement with a Bellator formal.
Soon thereafter, the promotion introduced a statement on the predicament involving Romero.
Yoel Romero did not very clear pre-battle healthcare tests and as a consequence, his BELLATOR MMA debut towards Anthony “Rumble” Johnson has been postponed. BELLATOR will validate a tournament alternate to encounter “Rumble” Johnson in the Gentle Heavyweight Earth Grand Prix as before long as feasible.
BELLATOR 258: Archuleta vs. Pettis will go on as scheduled on Friday, May perhaps 7, are living on SHOWTIME at 9p ET/6p PT. The celebration features the BELLATOR bantamweight planet championship primary celebration amongst champion Juan Archuleta and Sergio Pettis, a welterweight bout pitting Michael “Venom” Page towards Derek Anderson, and a lightweight tilt involving Patricky “Pitbull” and Peter Queally. Supplemental fights for the main card are to be announced.
Romero will become suitable to reapply for clearance to compete in the coming months, and we look forward to looking at him make his BELLATOR debut in the in close proximity to upcoming. BELLATOR MMA will look to reschedule the really predicted Johnson compared to Romero matchup at a long term day.
In accordance to the report, a tournament alternate fighter will step in for Romero (13-5 MMA, – BMMA) to face Johnson (22-6 MMA, – BMMA), although it is unfamiliar if the matchup will take area on the Might 7 card at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
Romero was set to make his write-up-UFC debut in the bout after parting strategies with the marketing just after a stint that saw him fight for the title 3 occasions. It’s unfamiliar accurately why “The Soldier of God” was declined healthcare clearance.
Johnson, meanwhile, was intended to confront Romero in his first bout due to the fact retiring from the activity in April 2017. He not too long ago stated the matchup was the most expected of his vocation, but will now have to experience someone else.