Bellator postpones cards in May because of COVID-19 pandemic

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bellator said on Monday that it has decided to clear its slate of fights in May.

Bellator 242, scheduled for May 9 in San Jose, California, has been postponed, along with Bellator London on May 16 and Bellator 243 on May 29 in Temecula, California, the promotion said in a statement.

"The organization will continue to monitor the situation closely and fully intends to reschedule the events as soon as possible," the statement read. "As always, the health and safety of our athletes, fans, partners and staff remains our top priority. We appreciate the understanding and patience of everyone involved during this incredibly difficult time."

On March 13, Bellator canceled its event at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut on the day of the show due to the pandemic.

The May 9 event was slated to be the promotion's biggest of the year so far, with two title fights on the card: Ryan Bader vs. Vadim Nemkov for the light heavyweight title, and Douglas Lima vs. Gegard Mousasi for the vacant middleweight title.

The promotion hasn't decided what it will do about events scheduled for June, sources said.