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On Friday, and just hours before he was due to challenge Patricio Freire for the Bellator featherweight title as part of the promotion’s 145-pound grand prix, Scott Coker announced that the event was to be postponed due to the spread of the coronavirus. 

The event, which was taking place in the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, had already been changed to be taking place behind closed doors but health concerns led Coker to changing plans just hours before the first bell.

Coker later stated that each fighter on the card will be paid their purses, while all other workers like cutmen, referees and judges, will also be financially reimbursed.

Despite the disappointment of the biggest fight of his career to date falling apart just hours before he was due to set foot on the canvas, Carvalho took to social media to outline how he feels the cancellation was the correct call and praised Coker for his treatment of the fighters.

As of yet, there is no indication as to when the Carvalho-Freire bout will be rearranged.