A scheduled featherweight bout between Luis Palomino (16-7) and Edson Berto (16-8-1) has been scratched for the card of Bellator 50 due to a late hand injured suffered by Palomino in training camp. Bellator officials announced the switch Thursday morning. MMA Junkie first reported the news.
Along with the announcement, two other adjustments have been made to the night's undercard. Bellator veteran Brett Cooper (13-7) now battles middleweight prospect Valdir Araujo (8-2), replacing late scratch Ryan Hodge (4-4). Also, undefeated lightweight Martin Brown (2-0) duels James Reese (3-1) as a replacement for Robert Goodridge (4-1).
Last weekend's season five debut marked the first time in Bellator history that an undercard was available via live streaming in the United States on Spike.com. The trend continues with Bellator 50, which will now be available throughout the entire world, per this tweet from Bellator executives.
You asked for it, now you’ve got it. #Bellator prelims will be available worldwide all season starting Saturday! Prelims start at 5p ET/2 PT
Bellator 50 is slated for September 17th at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The event broadcasts on MTV2 and marks the opening round of the promotion's season-five middleweight tournament.
Bellator 50 fight card:
Main Card (broadcasted on MTV2 and EPIX):
Middleweight Quarterfinal: Bryan Baker vs. Jared Hess
Middleweight Quarterfinal: Zelg Galesic vs. Alexander Shlemenko
Middleweight Quarterfinal: Sam Alvey vs. Vitor Vianna
Middleweight Quarterfinal: Victor O'Donnell vs. Brian Rogers
Preliminary Card (streamed on Spike.com):
Lightweight: Rad Martinez vs. Brian Van Hoven
Welterweight: Ailton Barbosa vs. Ryan Keenan
Middleweight: Valdir Araujo vs. Brett Cooper
Welterweight: John Kelly vs. Cristiano Souza
Lightweight: Martin Brown vs. James Reese
Lightweight: Marcelo Goncalves vs. Dietter Navarro
Catchweight (140 lbs): Shah Bobonis vs. Marcos da Matta