Bellator 241 postponed due to coronavirus just hours before first fight

Bellator 241: Patricio Pitbull vs. Pedro Carvalho postponed due to coronavirus just hours before the first fight was set to happen.

Bellator is the latest sporting event to take hit this week due to the coronavirus pandemic which has swept through the world. Bellator 241, slated for Friday night in Connecticut was originally altered to be a closed card, but with just hours to spare before the first fight it was announced by Sean Sapp the card will be postponed instead.

“We would like to apologize to our athletes and fans, as well as our broadcast partner DAZN, but we feel this is the best decision to be made at this time,” said Bellator president Scott Coker, via Twitter on Friday afternoon.

This is one of many sporting events that have been canceled this week due to the spread of the virus. At press time the only MMA fight still relatively intact is UFC Brasilia which is set to go live on Saturday night from Brazil, with no live audience.

The UFC announced yesterday it would go ahead with UFC Brasilia, despite the fear of coronavirus. The promotion also said it would hold UFC London as planned (with fans), but that the upcoming UFC Columbus and UFC Portland cards would be moved to the UFC Apex private facility.

The coronavirus first emerged in Dec. 2019 in the city of Wuhan, China. To date, more than 100,000 cases have been confirmed worldwide and the virus has been identified in more than 120 countries, including the United States.

For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website or the website for your state’s Department of Health.

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