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CSAC, Bellator clarify cancellation of Fabricio Guerreiro vs. Nick Piedmont

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Fabricio Guerreiro and Nick Piedmont won’t compete at Friday night’s Bellator 132 in Temecula, but the Brazilian fighter spread the wrong reasons on his Instagram page.

The Brazilian featherweight said that the California State Athletic Commission denied his opponent a license to compete at the event on Jan. 16, but Andy Foster, the CSAC executive director, told that Piedmont is currently suspended by Pascua Yaqui Tribe Boxing Commission until March 6.

"Mr. Piedmont is currently serving a suspension from the Pascua Yaqui Tribe Boxing Commission and that suspension does not end until March 6, 2015 so CSAC could not issue a license to a fighter on suspension," Foster said via e-mail.

"The promotion was aware of this suspension for several weeks and they sought unsuccessfully to find a replacement for Mr. Guerreiro to compete against. Bellator did not submit any potential opponents for me to review so CSAC could approve or deny sanctioning on the proposed bout. Currently, Mr. Guerreiro is still on the proposed bout card without an opponent."

Bellator officials told that Guerreiro won’t compete at the event because they "weren’t able to find a replacement suitable the week of the fight". The promotion also confirmed that Guerreiro, who hasn’t fought since a first-round submission victory over Shahbulat Shamhalaev in May, won't be paid now that the fight was pulled from the event.