The life of a fight promoter isn’t easy. Just days before Bellator 119 goes down on Friday in Canada, CEO Bjorn Rebney is being forced to make some changes. Out is Brett Cooper and his main event fight with Brandon Hasley for a shot at the Bellator middleweight championship. “Fudoshin” explained (Credit Fightline.com):
“After my fight with Kendall [Grove], my back just hasn’t been where I need it to be to have a proper training camp for one of the biggest fights of my career. It’s a setback, but with some time off, I should be ready to go by late July. I never like missing time, but I know this is the right move. I’ll be back stronger, and I’m looking forward to winning another tournament and getting another shot against Shlemenko.”
Also a matchup between Shahbulat Shamhalaev and Fabricio Guerreiro had to be scrapped due to visa issues.
The rest of the amended card is as follows and can be seen live on Spike TV at 8 p.m. CT.
Featherweight: Daniel Weichel vs. Desmond Green
Featherweight: Chris Horodecki vs. Marlon Sandro
Welterweight: Marius Zaromskis vs. Vaughan Anderson
Heavyweight: Raphael Butler vs. Nick Rossborough
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com)
Catchweight: John Alessio vs. Eric Wisely
Middleweight: Brian Rogers vs. Adrian Miles
Heavyweight: Stuart Austin vs. Craig Hudson
Lightweight: Jason Meisel vs. Remy Busseieres
Catchweight: Chris Kelades vs. Malcolm Gordon
Lightweight: Behrang Yousefi vs. Chad Freeman