This weekends Bellator 232 card has taken a hit because former Bellator Heavyweight Champion Vitaly Minakov has been pulled from a bout against Javy Ayala.
Tass.ru reports that Minakov has been pulled from the event due to visa issues, it is unknown as to what the exact issue is.
Minakov issued the following statement to Tass.ru on the fight withdrawal:
"My documents have been processed for quite a while now. Recently, information came that they were referred for reconsideration. Yesterday, a manger called me saying that I was pulled out from the fight. I think that in the end I will have a visa since I have obtained it many times and never faced any problems before. I regret that all preparations were for nothing.”
It is unknown at this time if Ayala will remain on the card at this time, as he pulled out of the first booking against Minakov at Bellator 225.
Bellator 232 takes place on Saturday, October 26 from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut with Rory MacDonald and Douglas Lima headlining. Fightful is going to be providing live coverage of the event, which streams live on DAZN.