This Friday night, Bellator MMA will touch down in London, England for with the landmark Bellator 200 card.
Originally, the card was expected to be headlined by a heavyweight rematch between Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Roy Nelson. Regrettably, Cro Cop was forced out of the contest with an injury just days ahead of the event.
With this shakeup, the card’s original co-main event, a middleweight title fight between champion Rafael Carvalho and challenger Gegard Mousasi, has been promoted to the main event spot. A welterweight bout between Michael “Venom” Page and David Rickels, meanwhile, has been boosted to the co-main event slot.
While Roy Nelson will no longer be fighting in the main event, Bellator is hoping to keep him on the card, and is actively seeking a replacement opponent for him.
I was just told they're "actively seeking a replacement" opponent for Roy Nelson. Keen to keep him on the card. https://t.co/6FCupp9eMB
— Tom Taylor (@TomTayMMA) May 21, 2018
Here is the Bellator 200 fight card as it currently stands (h/t MMAMania).
Bellator 200 Main Card (9 p.m. ET):
185 lbs.: Rafael Carvalho (15-1) vs. Gegard Mousasi (43-6-2) | Bellator middleweight title fight.
170 lbs.: Michael Page (12-0) vs. David Rickels (19-4, 2 NC)
265 lbs.: Roy Nelson (23-15) vs. TBA (Bellator is seeking a replacement opponent)
163 lbs.: Aaron Chalmers (3-0) vs. Ash Griffiths (4-5)
205 lbs.: Phil Davis (18-4, 1 NC) vs. Linton Vassell (18-6, 1 NC)
Bellator 200 Undercard:
125 lbs.: Anastasia Yankova (5-0) vs. Kate Jackson (9-3)
185 lbs.: Anatoly Tokov (25-3) vs. Vladimir Filipovic (10-2)
145 lbs.: Daniel Crawford (10-1) vs. Pedro Carvalho (6-3)
155 lbs.: Ryan Scope (10-1) vs. Martyn Harris (4-4)
185 lbs.: Mike Shipman (11-1) vs. Carl Noon (7-2)
185 lbs.: Charlie Ward (4-3) vs. Louis King (1-1)
145 lbs.: Jeremy Petley (12-8-1) vs. Saul Rogers (12-2)
185 lbs.: Kevin Fryer (6-2) vs. Costello Van Steenis (9-1)
155 lbs.: Charlie Leary (14-8-1) vs. Tom Green (12-2)
170 lbs.: Kent Kauppinen (10-3) vs. Walter Gahadza (16-3)
170 lbs.: Jahreau Shephard (0-1) vs. Marcin Zywica (2-0)
145 lbs.: Chad Griffiths (6-0) vs. Tom Mearns (6-0)
125 lbs.: Amir Albazi (10-0) vs. Iurie Bejenari (6-2)
Bellator 200, will occur Friday morning in North America, due to the time difference. The card will be broadcast via tape delay on Friday night.
Stay tuned for more updates on the Bellator 200 fight card as they emerge.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/21/2018.