Bellator 278: Velasquez vs. Carmouche
Thompson, Holland put on potential Fight of the Year candidate
A flyweight bout on Saturday's UFC Fight Night event in Orlando between Tracy Cortez and Amanda Ribas has been canceled, due to medial reasons on Cortez's side. Cortez made weight on Friday, but was still ruled out. Phillip Rowe will still fight Niko Price in a welterweight bout as scheduled, but he will forfeit 30 percent of his purse to Price after missing weight by 2.5 pounds.
Ranked flyweight Askar Askarov says on social media he has received a "positive response" to his request for a release from the UFC. Askarov was scheduled to fight Brandon Royval on Oct. 15, but that bout was called off after he experienced medical issues during his weight cut. He signed with the UFC in 2019 and went 3-1-1, with his only loss coming against Kai Kara-France in his more recent appearance.
Mansour Barnaoui made a successful Bellator debut Saturday night, choking out Adam Piccolotti in the first round of the Bellator 287 main event in Milan, Italy. It was the eighth straight win for Barnaoui, who was coming off a three-year absence from MMA.