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The fight has been canceled after Pico (7-3 MMA, 7-3 BMMA) was forced to withdraw. Bellator president Scott Coker recently announced the news to Insider. He also added the promotion aims to reschedule the fight for late May or sometime in June.
“The fight that was supposed to happen in April is being pushed back,” Coker said. “(Pico) has some medical issues that he had to take care of, so now he’s probably being pushed back to the second fight [event] in May, or June.”
Bellator 257 takes place April 16 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card airs on Showtime following prelims on MMA Junkie.
Pico, 24, most recently competed in November when he knocked out John de Jesus. The victory extended his winning streak to three. As for Lee, the Englishman has won back-to-back fights in Bellator after he lost his promotional debut to Saul Rogers in May 2019.
With the change, the Bellator 257 lineup now includes:
Champion Vadim Nemkov vs. Phil Davis – for light heavyweight title, grand prix quarterfinal
Corey Anderson vs. Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov – grand prix quarterfinal
Paul Daley vs. Sabah Homasi
Veta Arteaga vs. Desiree Yanez
Lance Gibson Jr. vs. Marcus Surin
Grachnik Bozinyan vs. Demarques Jackson
John de Jesus vs. Alfred Khashakyan