Fans who are checking into tonight’s Bellator 235 card expecting to see a main event bout between former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett and Ronny Markes are going to be disappointed because Barnett has been pulled from the event due to illness.
Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp broke the news via Twitter:
I'm hearing Josh Barnett is sick— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) December 21, 2019
I'm told there is concern the Josh Barnett fight will not happen tonight as he's ill— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) December 21, 2019
Bellator MMA President Scott Coker issued the following statement through Twitter:
On the advice of the Hawaii State Boxing Commission, tonight’s main event bout between Josh Barnett and Ronny Markes has been cancelled. Barnett has not been cleared tonight due to severe illness.— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) December 21, 2019
Toby Misech vs. Erik Perez is the new #BellatorUSO main event.
A bantamweight division attraction between UFC veteran Erik Perez and Toby Misech will now headline the card, which you can see the results of by clicking here.