The plan for the first ever Bellator card on Spike TV was to allow the fans to vote for the welterweight fight they most wanted to see by choosing from four different competitors.
The overwhelming choice as voted on by the fans was a welterweight showdown between knockout artist Paul Daley and embattled former Ultimate Fighter star previously known as Jon Koppenhaver, better known these days as War Machine.
Unfortunately as circumstances sometimes happen, both fighters were forced off the debut card and the bout had to be scrapped.
Paul Daley is currently in a legal hold up following charges stemming from an alleged bar brawl in his home country of England that’s put his visa to travel to the United States on hold until late April when he has a hearing to determine a ruling to allow or deny his request.
Meanwhile, War Machine suffered a knee injury in training that forced him out of action and into rehab while he works to get back after spending the last year in prison.
“It’s one of those unfortunate situations where we had the “Vote for the Fight” and War Machine tears out his knee and can’t move forward, and then (Paul) Daley, the other fighter fans voted to see ends up in legal trouble and can’t get a visa to get into the country,” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney explained when speaking to MMAWeekly Radio.