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Heavyweight prospect Steve Mowry announces he’s out of Bellator 242 due to positive COVID-19 test

Undefeated heavyweight prospect Steve Mowry will have to wait to fight on another date after revealing that he’s been forced out of Bellator 242 after testing positive for COVID-19.

Mowry announced the news on his Instagram page.

“So, uhhh long story short, I’m not fighting because of a positive COVID-19 test,” Mowry wrote. “2020, am I right?”

On Tuesday evening, Bellator officials confirmed to MMA Fighting that “testing is being done through coordinated protocol efforts” between the promotion and the commission, and they are actively seeking a replacement for Schaffroth.

Bellator 242 is the first card the promotion has held since February due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mowry would be the first fighter from the card to confirm a positive test, which obviously removes him from the event. His fight with Schaffroth was scheduled for the preliminary broadcast.

Currently 3-0 under the Bellator banner, Mowry was expected to make his first appearance in 2020 after his fight with Schaffroth was previously scheduled in February before that matchup was scrapped.

Mowry trains out of the Sanford MMA facility in Florida, which has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus in recent weeks.

Top ranked UFC welterweight contender Gilbert Burns was forced out of his fight at UFC 251 after he tested positive for COVID-19 prior to his planned flight to Abu Dhabi. ONE Championship light heavyweight and middleweight champion Aung La N Sang had also previously stated that he tested positive for COVID-19 as well.

UFC featherweight Jared Gordon flew to Abu Dhabi for his fight last week without any of his coaches from Sanford MMA in his corner due to several people testing positive for COVID-19, which prevented them from traveling alongside him.

Prior to revealing his positive test result for COVID-19, Mowry had posted that he arrived in Uncasville, Conn. just two days earlier. Bellator 242 will be held at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville.

Bellator 242 takes place on Friday night with bantamweights Sergio Pettis and Ricky Bandejas headlining.

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