UPDATE 1:52PM EST: Statement from Bellator added.
Friday night’s Bellator show from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA, has been postponed. Reported by Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful, the event will be rescheduled to a later date.
The event was set to be headlined by two quarter-final fights in the promotion’s Featherweight Grand Prix. The main event was scheduled to have Patricio Pitbull put his Bellator Featherweight Championship on the line against Pedro Carvalho.
Also in a tournament fight was featherweights Daniel Weichel and Emmanuel Sanchez.
Bellator President Scott Coker made a statement on the postponement via Twitter, saying “We would like to apologize to our athletes and fans, as well as our broadcast partner DAZN, but we feel this is the best decision to be made at this time.”
The original plan was for the event to go on without a live audience. In the sports world, most major leagues have cancelled all of their upcoming events, with few deciding to run them without a crowd.
UFC aims to keep their schedule intact, with some events moving location. On Saturday night, the promotion is still set to have a show from Brasilia, Brazil. The event will be held without an audience, similar to the plan Bellator had. Two upcoming fight nights have been moved to the promotion’s TV studio in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.