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Bellator MMA’s first event in five months loses a fight due to COVID-19

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Bellator MMA is set to make its long-awaited return to mixed martial arts (MMA) action after being out of commission for five months because of COVID-19, with Bellator 242 set to take place this Friday (July 24, 2020) from inside Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

But, the promotion has already been hit with a setback: Steve Mowry has been forced out of his scheduled Heavyweight fight against Rudy Schaffroth, which was set to take place on the event’s “Prelims” undercard. Mowry announced news of his withdrawal on Instagram.

Mowry is undefeated (7-0), including winning all three of his fights for Bellator. It is unknown if Schaffroth will remain on the card or if the promotion is even currently looking for a replacement.

The event — which will be streamed on YouTube and DAZN — will be headlined by a highly-intriguing Bantamweight bout between former UFC contender, Sergio Pettis, taking on Ricky Bandejas. Another ex-UFC combatant will be co-headlining the card, with Jordan Mein facing Jason Jackson in Welterweight action.

Check out the updated Bellator 242 fight card below.

Bellator 242 Main Card (Paramount, DAZN, 10 p.m. ET):

135 lbs.: Ricky Bandejas vs. Sergio Pettis
170 lbs.: Jason Jackson vs. Jordan Mein
145 lbs.: Tywan Claxton vs. Jay Jay Wilson
145 lbs.: Chris Hatley Jr. vs. Aaron Pico

Bellator 242 Prelims Card (Bellator’s YouTube channel, 8:45 p.m. ET):

170 lbs.: Mark Lemminger vs. Logan Storley
135 lbs.: Cass Bell vs. Raufeon Stots
265 lbs.: Steve Mowry vs. Rudy Schaffroth — CANCELED

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