Bellator 244 is the latest sporting event to bear the weight of the residual effects from COVID-19. Bellator MMA has had to cancel a few events as of late. The early summer card was slated to showcase the Michael Chandler vs Benson Henderson rematch at the top of the marquee and a continuation of Bellator’s featherweight world Grand Prix. Now it becomes the latest MMA event to bite the dust in an ever-changing, ever-uncertain landscape for the sporting world as a whole. The official promotional press release reads as follows:
BELLATOR MMA STATEMENT
Due to the ongoing safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as current federal, state and local government mandates, Bellator MMA officials today have announced that Bellator 244, originally scheduled to take place on June 6 at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Ill., has been postponed.
The organization will continue to monitor the situation closely and fully intends to reschedule the event as soon as possible. As always, the health and safety of our athletes, fans, partners and staff remains our top priority. We appreciate the understanding and patience of everyone involved during this incredibly difficult time.
Please visit Bellator.com for additional information.
Bellator is a leading global mixed martial arts and kickboxing promotion. It features many of the best athletes in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator events take place in major cities worldwide and can be seen on television in over 160 countries to an available audience of over one billion people. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on both Paramount Network and DAZN, the world’s first truly dedicated LIVE sports streaming service. Bellator is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations. The promotion is based in Hollywood, Calif. and owned by entertainment giant ViacomCBS, home to the world’s premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.
Bellator MMA has seemed to be one of the more diligent promotions with following health experts and widespread coronavirus precautionary measures. Champions and challengers alike seem to appreciate the promotion looking out for them. No one is exactly sure when any semblance of normalcy will return to the world of mixed martial arts but My MMA News will keep you updated every step of the way!