Bellator’s November 2nd show in Ontario took a big hit today, losing two of the top fighters on the card. MMA Fighting reports that bout Bellator featherweight champion Eduardo Dantas was pulled from his title defense against teammate Marcos Galvao, while Paul Daley was forced out of his welterweight fight against Kyle Baker. The Dantas/Galvao fight was scratched completely, while Daley was replaced by veteran Canadian fighter Ryan Ford.
Dantas was removed from the card to allow him proper time to recover from a knockout loss to Tyson Nam in a Shooto Brazil fight in late August. It was thought that he’d be ready to go by November, but he sustained a concussion from the KO and has suffered from some post-concussion symptoms. Daley was removed due to visa issues.
Here’s how the Bellator 79 main card looks now:
Richard Hale vs. Thiago Santos – HW tourney semi-final
Mike Richman vs. Shahbulat Shamhalaev – FW tourney semi-final
Douglas Lima vs. Jacob Ortiz
Kyle Baker vs. Ryan Ford
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