Bellator officials confirmed on Wednesday morning that Eduardo Dantas (17-4 MMA, 7-1 BMMA) has suffered an injury, and his rematch with reigning champion Marcos Galvao (17-6-1 MMA, 9-2 BMMA) at Bellator 144 has been postponed.
MMAFighting.com is reporting that Bellator offered former champion Joe Warren a rematch against Galvao on short notice that would see Galvao defend the championship against Warren, who just fought at Bellator 143.
The deal isn’t finalized yet, but both parties have verbally agreed to fight each other.
If this fight does not work out, Bellator MMA would still be alright as far as a main event goes. Brandon Halsey vs. Rafael Carvalho for the vacant middleweight title was originally slated as the co-main event of Bellator 144 and could be installed as the main event.
Bellator 144 takes place on Friday, October 23rd at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card airs on Spike TV following prelims online.
As of this writing, this is how the card looks:
MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)
Brandon Halsey vs. Rafael Carvalho – for vacant middleweight title
Dennis Olson vs. Brennan Ward
Charlie Ontiveros vs. Michael Page
PRELIMINARY CARD (Online, 6:50 p.m. ET)
Isao Kobayashi vs. Goiti Yamauchi
Matt Bessette vs. Kevin Roddy
Jeremie Holloway vs. Matt Secor
Marius Enache vs. Pete Rogers
Kin Moy vs. Walter Smith-Cotito
Billy Giovanella vs. Brandon Polcare
Keenan Raymond vs. Damien Trites
T.J. Hepburn vs. Sam Watford
Ilya Kotau vs. Kemran Lachinov
Kevin Haley vs. Mike Zichelle
Bellator is expected to make an official statement/announcement in regards to this situation and how Bellator 144 will be as far as the main event goes shortly.