Bjorn Rebney was aware that Marcin Held (15-2) was only 20-years-old, but was under the impression that the athletic commission would allow the fight to happen. Held was pulled hours before his Bellator 84 fight with Dave Jansen (19-2) because the venue was a casino and to enter one must be at least 21.
“We’d made disclosures to the commission of his age 20,” said Rebney to MMA Fighting. “We were cognizant of the rule. We got an alert just before we were going to start that a higher authority in the gaming commission was disallowing what was previously allowed. It was disappointing and unexpected.”
Rebney believed that since Held was allowed to be at the weigh-in from the same venue, that there would be no problem.
Held vs. Jansen will be rescheduled for early 2013.