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Former world title challenger Peter Queally says that he is “devastated” that a fractured rib suffered in training forced him out of Friday’s Bellator Dublin co-main event opposite Kane Mouseh. 

News broke this week that SBG fighter Queally was forced to withdraw from the scheduled bout opposite England’s Mouseh in what would have been the Irishman’s comeback after coming up short in his world title bid in the same arena against Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire last November.

And as he revealed in an Instagram post late on Tuesday, the reasoning for the famously gritty fighter’s withdrawal was down to a nasty injury he suffered while preparing for the fight.


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“’m sorry everyone, I have been forced to withdraw from my next fight due to a fractured rib I suffered during my preparation. I’m absolutely devastated,” Queally wrote.

“I have been pretty banged up the past year with other injuries and my last few camps have been a struggle, I think I need to take this latest one as a sign I need to take a little time to get healthy.

“I have surgery on an old injury I have wanted to get done for some time scheduled for March 1st, I am going to make this time off count.

“The last time I took a little bit of downtime to get my body right was before I fought Ryan Scope here in Dublin. This whole thing is a tough pill to swallow but I guarantee you one thing: The Showstopper will be back with a vengeance this year. Thank you for all the support.”

There is no indication as of yet for the timetable for Queally’s return to the Bellator cage but speaking after the news broke his original opponent Mouseh indicated that he would be willing to fight Queally a little bit down the line once the injury has healed.