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Mirko Cro Cop injured and out of Bellator 200; Rafael Carvalho vs. Gegard Mousasi new main event
Bellator 200 will take place on Friday May 25, 2018 at The SSE Arena in London. The main card will air on same-day delay on Paramount while the live prelims on the Bellator app.
It has been reported today (Mon. May 21, 2018) that Mirko Cro Cop (36-11-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) did suffer an injury and has been forced out of his fight against Roy Nelson (23-15 MMA, 1-1 BMMA). This was first reported by telegraph.co.uk.
According to Grab, the new main event will be the fight between middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho (15-1 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) and Gegard Mousasi (43-6-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA). Michael Page (12-0 MMA, 8-0 BMMA) and David Rickels (19-4 MMA, 11-4 BMMA) are now the co-main-event fight.
Ryan Grab who is the Senior Director of Communications & Athlete Strategy at Bellator MMA did confirm the news to Telegraph Sport:
“Mirko Cro Cop has suffered an undisclosed injury and has been forced off the card, and we are looking at replacements, though for the time being Carvalho-Mousasi has been moved to the main event and British standout Michael ‘Venom’ Page against American David Rickels has been elevated up to the co-main event fight,” Grab told the outlet.
The winner of Cro Cop vs. Nelson was expected to be an alternate in the organization’s current heavyweight grand prix. Stay tuned as we will have more on this here at FightBookMMA.com
Bellator 200 Fight Card (so far):
(Paramount (tape delay), 9 p.m. ET)
For the middleweight title: Champ Rafael Carvalho vs. Gegard Mousasi
Michael Page vs. David Rickels
Roy Nelson vs. TBA
Phil Davis vs. Linton Vassell
Aaron Chalmers vs. Ash Griffiths
(Bellator app, 12:30 p.m. ET)
Kate Jackson vs. Anastasia Yankova
Vladimir Filipovic vs. Anatoly Tokov
Pedro Carvalho vs. Daniel Crawford
Martyn Harris vs. Ryan Scope
Carl Noon vs. Mike Shipman
Louis King vs. Charlie Ward
Jeremy Petley vs. Saul Rogers
Kevin Fryer vs. Costello Van Steenis
Tom Green vs. Charlie Leary
Walter Gahadza vs. Kent Kauppinen
Jahreau Shepherd vs. Marcin Zywica
Chad Griffiths vs. Tom Mearns
Amir Albazi vs. Iurie Bejenari