Former Bellator champion Joe Warren was set to fight this weekend against Nick “The Big Hurt” Kirk in the semifinals of the bantamweight tournament, but Warren’s bout has been scratched after he was deemed medically unfit to compete upon review of his medical records.
The Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation made the decision and Warren vs. Kirk will be delayed until further notice.
“I’ve been fortunate to work with one of the best commissioners in the sport in Mike Mazzulli, and after carefully reviewing Joe’s medical documents, everyone agreed to err on the side of caution with the goal of ensuring our fighters safety,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney in a statement.
“It was determined Joe would be unable to compete this Saturday at Mohegan Sun. Joe’s been with us since the beginning and as is the case with every fighter here, it’s incumbent on me to ensure Joe is 100% healthy and medically cleared to fight before he steps into the Bellator cage.”
With Warren vs. Kirk removed from the card, a lightweight battle between Patricky Pitbull and Derek Anderson has been promoted to the televised card.
Here is how this weekend’s card now looks after the changes:
Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko vs. Brett Cooper (Bellator middleweight championship)
Derek Anderson vs. Patricky Pitbull
Justin Torrey vs. Andreas Spang (Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round)
Jeremy Kimball vs. Perry Filkins (Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round)
Brian Rogers vs. Mikkel Parlo (Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round)
Jason Butcher vs. Giva Santana (Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round)
Jeff Nader vs. Mike Mucitelli
Dave Vitkay vs. Brennan Ward
Andrew Calandrelli vs. Ryan Quinn
Nick Piedmont vs. Matt Bessette
Glenn Allair vs. Rico Disciullo
Josh Diekman vs. Parker Porter