Bellator Welterweight Champion Yaroslav Amosov has been pulled from his upcoming title fight, per an announcement made by the promotion earlier this week.
Amosov, who is Ukrainian, is departing the Bellator 281 lineup as he continues to defend his home country from ongoing attacks by Russia – something he has done since the invasion first started in late February.
“Like the rest of the world, we’ve been shocked by the tragic events in Ukraine and the thoughts of everyone at Bellator MMA are with Yaroslav [Amosov] and all the Ukrainian people during this time,” said Bellator President Scott Coker in a statement made via press release.
Amosov was originally scheduled to face Michael Page in the main event of a card from the OVO Arena in London, England on May 13th.
Amosov will retain his championship status despite his departure from the card. He is being replaced by Logan Storley, who will battle Page for a vacant interim welterweight title.
Storley is getting the title fight shortly after winning a Bellator main event last month, going five rounds against Neiman Gracie for a unanimous decision outcome. The fight moved his Bellator record to a strong eight wins and just one loss.
Page, a 17-fight Bellator vet, will be making his first championship appearance in the bout. He avenged his sole pro loss in his last bout, defeating Douglas Lima via split decision in October 2021.