Bellator MMA officials have confirmed to ESPN that Josh Koscheck will no longer compete at the promotion’s U.K debut event on July 16th.
Koscheck was scheduled to face bitter rival Paul Daley in a sequel to their infamously heated January 2010 encounter at UFC 113, but the 38-year-old has withdrawn from the show at the 02 Arena for undisclosed reasons.
This is the second time in 2016 that Koscheck’s promotional debut has been postponed. The former UFC welterweight title challenger, who signed with Bellator in June of last year, was originally scheduled to make his maiden appearance opposite Matthew Secor back in January, but he pulled out of that match-up due to an injury.
Daley will remain on the Bellator 158 card, and is now scheduled to face Douglas Lima.
Lima has only fought twice in the last two years, and his most recent outing was in July of 2015. On that occasion, the Brazilian dropped the Bellator welterweight title to Andrey Koreshkov via unanimous decision. It was his first loss since a 2012 decision defeat to Ben Askren.
Daley is currently riding a five-fight winning-streak, with four of those wins coming by way of stoppage.
The London show is currently without a main event, following the tragic passing of Kimbo Slice at a Florida hospital on Monday. The popular former street-fighter and UFC veteran was scheduled to headline the card opposite England’s own James Thompson, whom he stopped in one of the most watched fights in MMA history at an Elite XC show back in 2008.