Bellator bantamweight champion Marcos Galvao will not make a scheduled title defense as planned Friday night against Eduardo Dantas at Bellator 150.
After coming down with an illness earlier this week, officials and physicians have decided to remove Galvao (17-6-1) from the Spike TV card. The event will move forward with heavyweights Cheick Kongo and Vinicius Queiroz in the headline role.
This continues in a long list of issues that Bellator has had pairing Galvao and Dantas, a former champion, together again. Last year, an injury scrapped the scheduled meeting between former friends and training partners.
Below is the official release from Bellator:
Over the course of fight week, Marcos “Loro” Galvao (17-6-1) has been battling an illness. After consulting physicians, Bellator officials have decided to to pull him from his Bellator MMA Bantamweight Title defense against former champion Eduardo Dantas (17-4).
After making weight inside Kansas Star Arena at 10 a.m. CT, Dantas was paid his show money. The fight will be rescheduled in the near future.
As a result, Cheick Kongo (23-10-2) against Vinicius Queiroz (8-3) will now serve as the headliner and David Rickels (16-4) versus Bobby Cooper (12-5) is the new co-main event. Rounding out the SPIKE-televised card will be a middleweight attraction pitting Kendall Grove (22-15) against Kiko France (13-3-1), the Bellator MMA debut of Lena Ovchynnikova (10-3), when she fights Rebecca Ruth (5-1) and Gaston Reyno (5-0) – fresh off his new exclusive multi-fight contract with Bellator MMA – will fight against Chuka Willis (6-2).
“Bellator 150: Kongo vs. Queiroz,” airs live on Spike at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary bouts will stream live on Bellator.com and The Bellator Mobile App.