Mitrione, who’s dealing with kidney stones, was pulled from the fight by Bellator MMA President Scott Coker a short time before the event was set to begin.
The UFC veteran took to Twitter to explain his situation to the fans:
Thank you for understanding the misery I've been in trying to pass this big ass stone without so much as an aspirin. #StillHasntPassed— Matt Mitrione (@mattmitrione) February 19, 2017
And for y'all fools that have the nerve to claim that I'm scared or faking, come hold these nuts while I try to finally pee this stone out— Matt Mitrione (@mattmitrione) February 19, 2017
During the post-fight press conference, Coker did say that the fight would be rescheduled down the line, hopefully within the next few months.
A lightweight bout between Josh Thomson and Patricky Freire wound up headlining the card, with Freire getting the win via second round knockout.