Just 5 days out from Bellator 119, the promotion’s return to Rama, Ontario, the card has suffered cancellations to two fights including the headliner middleweight tournament final between Brett Cooper and Brandon Halsey. Cooper citing a back injury as the reason for his withdrawal from the fight.
In a press release by Bellator, Brett Cooper stated that his back has not been the same since his semifinal bout against Kendall Grove, and will be ready to fight in July.
“After my fight with Kendall [Grove], my back just hasn’t been where I need it to be to have a proper training camp for one of the biggest fights of my career,” Cooper said. “It’s a setback, but with some time off, I should be ready to go by late July. I never like missing time, but I know this is the right move. I’ll be back stronger, and I’m looking forward to winning another tournament and getting another shot against Shlemenko.”
In addition, a featured preliminary fight between Fabricio Guerreiro vs. Shahbulat Shamhalaev was also cancelled due to passport issues involving the Brazilian Guerreiro traveling to Canada.
“Unfortunately issues arose in the passport process for Guerreiro, and because the fight is in Ontario, we weren’t confident these issues with be resolved by May 9th,” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “However, we should have news shortly on when this fight will be rescheduled, as these are two guys I’ve wanted back in our cage, and it should make for a great fight.”
Both fights are expected to be rescheduled for a later date.
As a result of the cancellations, the featherweight tournament final between Desmond Green and Daniel Weichel has been bumped up to the main event. Marius Zaromskis vs. Vaughn Anderson gets a bump from the preliminary to the Spike TV main card.
Bellator 119 Fight Card:
Bellator Featherweight Tournament Final: Daniel Weichel (33-8) vs. Desmond Green (11-2)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Chris Horodecki (20-4-1) vs. Marlon Sandro (24-5-1)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Marius Zaromskis (19-8) vs. Vaughn Anderson (16-2-1)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Raphael Butler (8-0) vs. Nick Rossborough (23-18)
Catchweight Feature Fight (160 lbs): Eric Wisely (22-8) vs. John Alessio (34-17)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Brian Rogers (10-6) vs. Adrian Miles (14-5)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Stuart Austin (7-0) vs. Craig Hudson (4-3)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Jason Meisel (4-3) vs. Remy Bussieres (3-0)
Catchweight Feature Fight (130 lbs.): Chris Kelades (6-0) vs. Malcolm Gordon (4-0)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Behrang Yousefi (5-4) vs. Chad Freeman (8-5)