Bellator 260: Fight Canceled As Female Fighter Deemed Unfit To Fight

Published 06/11/2021, 12:17 PM EDT


Bellator 260 main card lost a pivotal bout as the women’s flyweight match featuring the Brazilian duo of Vanessa Porto and Ilara Joanne was called off. In less than no time after the conclusion of the official weigh-ins, the officials revealed that Porto didn’t receive medical clearance from the commission for the match.

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Also, the main card will feature 4 matches and no bouts will be added to it now, as per MMA Junkie sources. The Bazilian Porto was the last fighter to turn up for weigh-ins and needed a towel to hit the mark. The short notice fight was booked for a 128-pound contract weight.

Porto has been a veteran of the sport and has been competing for the last 16 years. This match would have been a quick turnaround for her as she fought Liz Carmouche at Bellator 256. She lost the fight via a unanimous decision.

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The above-mentioned bout was her debut fight for the promotion. She formerly competed in Invicta FC and became the Invicta FC flyweight world champion in 2019. She defended the gold once against Karina Rodriguez and won via a unanimous decision.

Ilara Joanna is relatively new compared to Porto. The Brazilian is 10 years younger than Porto and has been a professional fighter since 2013.

‘Arya Stark’ has only competed in two matches for Bellator MMA till now and has a mixed bag of results in those matches.

She made her Bellator debut against Bec Rawlings at Bellator 231 and picked up an impressive submission win. Her next fight was against Kana Watanabe at Bellator 237 where she lost via TKO in round 3.

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How the Bellator 260 main card looks like after Porto vs Joanna got scrapped?

Although one important match got canceled from Bellator 260, the card still has 4 fights on the main stage. The headliner is between Douglas Lima and Yaroslav Amosov for the welterweight championship. The former is set to defend his crown against the undefeated Amosov.

Lima has been a veteran of the sport and has also faced the likes of former Bellator champion Ben Askren. His experience will be handy against Amosov.

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Paul Daley and Jason Jackson are scheduled for a 175 pound catchweight bout. The bout will serve as a co-main event.

Number 6 ranked Aaron Pico and Aiden Lee are scheduled on the main card for a featherweight clash. Meanwhile, a welterweight bout between Demarques Jackson and Mark Lemminger will serve as the opener for the main card.

Which of these fights are you rooting for?

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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