Former UFC fighter Anthony Johnson has withdrawn from his Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Semi-Final bout against Vadim Nemkov. Replacing him will be tournament alternate Julius Anglickas, per an announcement made during the Bellator 266 broadcast on Saturday night.
The title fight is expected to take place at Bellator 268 on October 16th at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
News of Johnson’s departure from the card was first reported by Nolan King of MMA Junkie.
Anglickas was named as an alternate for the tournament back in April. He was put in the substitute position after defeating Gregory Milliard via unanimous decision to earn his third victory in Bellator.
The title fight for Anglickas pulls him from a previous booking he had against Karl Albrektsson on that same card. He will be replaced by Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov, per a press release sent out by the promotion.
Johnson made his return in the quarter-final round of the bracket, stopping short-notice opponent Jose Augusto.
Nemkov defended his 205-pound belt for the first time in the opening round of the bracket, defeating Phil Davis via unanimous decision in April.
The other grand prix semi-final bout is set to be between Ryan Bader and Corey Anderson.