Bellator CEO Explains Held-Jansen Cancellation

No, this isn’t a reprint of an article ran last week on Fighters.com. For the second week in a row Bellator has lost a featured fight the night of the related event. Last week a featherweight final between Shahbulat Shamhalaev-Rad Martinez was cancelled when the athletic commission witnessed Shamhalaev vomiting prior to the fight and they deemed him too ill to compete. Then, on Friday night in Hammond, Indiana, Marcin Held was supposed to fight Dave Jansen but the leg-lock specialist was barred entry into the event because  of his age.

Bellator holds their events at casinos, and in Indiana you have to be 21 to enter the premises so Held was barred entry because he is only 20 years old. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney explained after the show,  “We’d made disclosures to the commission of his age 20, and we we were cognizant of the rule. We got an alert just before we were going to start that a higher authority in the gaming commission was disallowing what was previously allowed. It was disappointing and unexpected.”

The match will be rescheduled and broadcast in 2013 on SpikeTV, but a location or date has not yet been determined.

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