Patricky Freire vs. Jaleel Willis removed from the map

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UNCASVILLE, Connecticut – Bellator 249 was thrown a late curveball Thursday night when co-headliner Patricky Freire was pulled from his bout.Freire (23-9 MMA, 14-7 BMMA) was scheduled to fight Jaleel Willis in the co-feature lightweight bout at Mohegan Sun Arena, but word broke towards the end of the evening’s preliminary card that Freire did. was not cleared by the doctor for the Mohegan Tribal Athletic Commission for what was characterized as an undisclosed medical issue.

Bellator officials told MMA Junkie that both contestants will still be compensated for their fight.

The retirement means a planned heavyweight preliminary bout between Steve Mowry and Shawn Teed will move to the main card, which will be titled by Cris Cyborg’s featherweight title defense against Arlene Blencowe.

“Patricky Freire was taken off the card tonight for an illness unrelated to COVID and / or weight loss,” said commission chief Mike Mazzulli. “For the safety of the fight, we felt it was necessary to move him away. He’s fine, but he won’t fight tonight.

UPDATE: Freire posted about his situation on Instagram:

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