I can confirm that #Bellator241 has been canceled— Keith Shillan (@KeithShillanMMA) March 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.
The health and safety of everyone involved have, and will remain, our top priority as we move forward. After carefully monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, @BellatorMMA has chosen to postpone this evening’s Bellator 241 event at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) March 13, 2020
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.