Bellator MMA Changes Course, Cancels Bellator 241

By: Jay Pettry
Mar 13, 2020

Much can change in a day, and Bellator MMA has made the decision to cancel Bellator 241 instead of going ahead with an empty arena.

Sources with confirmed the news that first broke from announced on Thursday that the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, was set to go ahead without fans or credentialed media in attendance. However, as the coronavirus continues to spread in the United States, the organization opted to fight another day.

The promotion confirmed the news shortly after it came out, and a press release will likely be coming later on Friday. It is unclear if the event will merely be postponed to a later date or canceled altogether. The next Bellator card is currently scheduled for May 9, with Bellator 242, and there are no other events at risk for the company until then.

The sole remaining major MMA event that will take place this weekend is UFC Fight Night 170, which takes place at the Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in Brasilia, Brazil on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT on ESPN and ESPN+. Headlining that card will be a catchweight affair as Kevin Lee takes on Charles Oliveira, while Lee missed weight by 2.5 pounds. The event will still proceed for now, albeit without fans in the audience.

Bellator 241 was set to take place on March 13 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The event was to be headlined by a featherweight title fight and tournament matchup between Patricio Freire and Pedro Carvalho. In addition, another featherweight grand prix bout would have been held on the card, as Daniel Weichel would have taken on on Emmanuel Sanchez.
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