Bellator’s three-event scheduled for the month of May has been cancelled due to the ongoing risk of COVID-19. The news was first broken on Monday by Ariel Helwani of ESPN.
The events that Bellator were going to hold were scheduled to be in San Jose, California, USA on May 9th, London, England on May 16th and in Temecula, California on May 29th.
“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,” said Bellator MMA in a statement via Twitter on Tuesday.
The trio of cancelled events is not a first for Bellator, as their early March event Bellator 241 was cancelled the morning before it was set to happen.
On Tuesday, John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reported that multimedia sports streaming company DAZN has notified their partners that they will not pay for cancelled sporting events.
DAZN provided exclusive broadcasts to a number of Bellator MMA events, along with simulcasts of other broadcasts alongside TV channel Paramount Network. It is not known if Bellator specifically was reached out to by DAZN over cancelled events.
The Cancelled Events
Bellator 242, which was set for May 9th, featured a championship double header. In the main event, Ryan Bader was going to make his long awaited step back down to light heavyweight to defend his belt against Vadim Nemkov. The co-main event was going to be a battle for the vacant Bellator Middleweight Championship between Gegard Mousasi and Douglas Lima.
On May 16th, Bellator London was supposed to happen. In the main event, charismatic James Gallagher was going to face England’s Cal Ellenor. The card was also going to have the MMA debut of former rugby player James Haskell.
In late May, Bellator was set to return to California for Bellator 243. Headlining the May 29th show at the Pechanga Resort & Casino, Liz Carmouche was slated to make her Bellator debut against Mandy Bohm.
Bellator’s next upcoming event is on June 6th, with the MMA promotion heading to the WinTrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Headlining the card is a Bellator Lightweight Championship bout between Michael Chandler and Benson Henderson.