UNCASVILLE, Connecticut – Bellator 249 was thrown late into the curve on Thursday night when co-headliner Patricky Freire was taken out of battle.
Freire (23-9 MMA, 14-7 BMMA) was scheduled to fight Jaleel Willis in the lightweight racing match at the Mohegan Sun Arena, but at the end of the preliminary card in the evening it was heard that Freire was not allowed by the doctor for the tribal athletics Mohegan Commission on what was called an unsolved medical problem.
Bellator officials told MMA Junkie that both athletes would be compensated for their fight.
The elimination means that the planned preliminary heavyweight bout between Steve Maury and Sean Teed will face the main card, which will be titled by the defense of the title of Chris Cyborg in the light heavyweight division against Arlene Blancou.
Mohegan Sun Commission Chief Mike Matsuli makes a statement regarding the removal of @PatrickyPitbull from the event # Bellator249 tonight against Jaleel Willis
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“Patrick Freire was removed from the map tonight due to a non-COVID-related illness and / or weight loss,” said commission chief Mike Matsuli. “For the safety of the battle, we thought it necessary to eliminate it. I’m doing well, but I won’t fight tonight. ”
UPDATE: Freire posted about her situation on Instagram:
Check out this Instagram post
(Texto em português no meio do post) Hello everyone, I know you all looked forward to seeing my brother fight, but my coaches and I decided to cancel it after noticing that he was not feeling well. Patrick suffers from a crisis of labyrinthitis (severe dizziness). I caught him in his room a little dizzy just as we were about to enter the arena. He wanted to fight and he didn’t want to tell us. We gave him the advantage of doubt, but he did not improve when we reached the locker room and canceled the battle. He has been seen by two commission doctors, has been treated and is in medical condition now, but overwhelmed by the cancellation. He has had this before, but never on the week of the fight or even on the day of the fight. Unfortunately, this has happened now. He’ll go see more doctors, and when we’re sure he’s under control, we’ll talk about his next battle. 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷 Fala galera, eu sei que todos queriam ver meu irmão lutar, mas eu e nossos trainadores decisionimos Cancel a luta após notar que ele não estava bem. Patricky is a friend of a labyrinth crisis. I found myself in a room a little tonto when we were in the arena. He wanted to run and he didn’t want to fight for people. We don’t have the benefit of the duveda, but we don’t have the best when we go to the laundry and cancel it. She had a visit for 2 medical doctors, she was medically, she was physically well, but very sad with a cancellation. But I have you before, but I don’t have a week. Infinitely before. She believes more doctors and when we are sure that she is doing everything we can control about the proxies.