Yoel Romero Not Medically Cleared to Compete at Bellator 258, Out of Grand Prix
By FCF Staff
Bellator has lost one of its biggest fights in recent memory, as the promotion has announced that Yoel Romero has not been medically cleared to battle Anthony Johnson on May 7.
Romero was supposed to face his fellow, former UFC contender in a quarterfinal bout for the light heavyweight grand prix. But, recently Bellator sent out the press release below.
Yoel Romero did not clear pre-fight medical testing and as a result, his BELLATOR MMA debut against Anthony “Rumble” Johnson has been postponed. BELLATOR will confirm a tournament alternate to face “Rumble” Johnson in the Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix as soon as possible.
BELLATOR 258: Archuleta vs. Pettis will go on as scheduled on Friday, May 7, live on SHOWTIME at 9p ET/6p PT. The event features the BELLATOR bantamweight world championship main event between champion Juan Archuleta and Sergio Pettis, a welterweight bout pitting Michael “Venom” Page against Derek Anderson, and a lightweight tilt between Patricky “Pitbull” and Peter Queally. Additional fights for the main card are to be announced.
Romero will become eligible to reapply for clearance to compete in the coming months, and we look forward to seeing him make his BELLATOR debut in the near future. BELLATOR MMA will look to reschedule the highly anticipated Johnson versus Romero matchup at a future date.
The 44-year-old Romero hasn’t competed since March 2020, when he lost via decision to UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya.