Bellator 249 lost its joint headliner Patricky Freire against Jaleel Willis shortly before the call when Freire contracted labyrinthitis, an infection caused by a cold or flu. It is unclear what caused Patrick Freire’s condition.
Labyrinthitis causes inflammation of the inner ear or the nerves that connect the inner ear to the brain.
Several people who know about the scratch confirmed this news to MMA Fighting after the initial report from MMA Junkie. Both fighters will receive compensation for the canceled fight according to Bellator officials
In a statement, Michael Mazzulli, executive director of the Mohegan Sports Regulatory Department, which regulates Bellator̵7;s “Battlefield” activities at the Mohegan San Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, said Freire was not allowed to compete because of the Undisclosed Illness. He added, “it’s not related to Covid-19 or weight loss.”
“Pitbull” Freire and Willis had to face in a fight weighing 159 pounds. Freire, the older brother of two-division champion Patricio Freire, last fought last December, losing to Tofik Musayev in the Rizin Lightweight Grand Prix final. LFA vet Willis made his Bellator debut based on a series of victories in four fights.
Freire Jr. later posted a statement on his official Instagram account, which confirmed his brother’s diagnosis.
“I found him in his room a little dizzy when we were about to enter the arena,” wrote Patricio Freire. “He wanted to fight and did not want to tell us. We gave him the advantage of doubt, but he did not get better when we got to the locker room and we canceled the fight.
“It simply came to our notice then [two] commission doctors, she received medical treatment and is now in good medical condition but devastated after the abolition. He had it before, but never on the week of the battle and even on the day of the battle. Unfortunately, this has happened now. He will go to other doctors, and when we make sure it’s under control, we’ll talk about his next fight. “
Check out this post on Instagram
(Texto em português no meio do post) Hi everyone, I know you’ve all been looking forward to my brother fighting, but I and our coaches decided to cancel it, noticing that he was sick. Patrick suffers from a maze crisis (severe type of dizziness). I hooked him up in his room a little dizzy right as we were about to enter the arena. He wanted to fight and did not want to tell us. We gave him the advantage of doubt, but he did not get better when we got to the locker room and we canceled the fight. He was seen by 2 doctors of the commission, he underwent medical treatment and is now in a state of medical condition, but disappointed with the cancellation. He had it before, but never on the week of the battle and even on the day of the battle. Unfortunately, this has happened now. He will go to other doctors, and when we make sure it’s under control, we’ll talk about his next fight. Fala galera, eu sei que todos queriam ver meu irmão lutar, mas eu e nossos treinadores decisionimos cancellar a luta após notar que ele não estava bem. Patricky is a friend of a labyrinth crisis. I found myself in a room a little tonto when we were in the arena. He wanted to run and he didn’t want to fight for people. We do not have the benefit of giving, but we do not have the best when we go to the laundry and cancel it. She was seen by 2 doctors on commission, she was medically, she was physically well, but very sad with cancellation. But I have you before, but I don’t have a week. Infinitely before now. She believes more doctors and when we are sure that she is doing everything we can to control the proxies.