Yoel Romero Out of Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Bout Against Anthony Johnson

Yoel Romero has been removed from Bellator’s bracket after failing a pre-fight medical test.

Yoel Romero has been removed from his upcoming Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix bout against Anthony Johnson after not clearing a pre-fight medical test. Bellator announced the cancelled bout on Thursday night, stating that they are currently in the search for an alternate to face Johnson.

The fight between Romero and Johnson was set to take place in the co-main event of a card from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA on May 7th.

Romero was planning to make his Bellator debut in the fight. The former UFC veteran had been inactive since early 2020, where he lost a title fight to UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya.

The three other fights in the quarterfinals of the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix have already taken place. The semifinals of the bracket are currently set to have Corey Anderson, Ryan Bader and current champion Vadim Nemkov.

It is not known currently who will replace Romero in the quarterfinals. It was announced earlier in the month that Julius Anglickas would be an alternate for the bracket, although it is unknown if he will be able to take a fight soon against Romero.

Anglickas is currently part of the Bellator roster, having recently signed a new deal with the promotion, per multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.

Bellator 258 is currently set to be headlined by Bellator Bantamweight Champion Juan Archuleta and Sergio Pettis. The new co-main event for the card will be a welterweight fight between Michael Page and Derek Anderson.

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