Another fight week and another pull out arises for Yannick Bahati. It would appear the injury bug does seem to dog most of his suggested opponents. To the untrained eye one might suggest that perhaps his matchups are doomed to fall apart.
When Karl Moore pulled out a few days before in Dublin that was the second time in a row Bahati had lost an opponent during fight week. It’s a sore point, which Bahati reveals a certain amount of frustration about. “Unfortunately I’ve had multiple pull outs during fight week and previously couldn’t get a replacements.” he said.
“It’s became more than just frustrating to me. I think MMA is full of pussies to be honest, it’s a joke. I was schedule to fight Former Cage Warriors Champ Karl Moore in his hometown at Bellator Dublin but I know he was seriously injured but I was looking forward to the fight as he’s a big name in the UK Light Heavyweight division, I would love to fight him when he’s healthy in September on Bellator’s Dublin card. If not maybe former Cage Warriors Champ Chris Fields on KSW or Bellator Dublin. I want them in hostile territory.”
Fast forward to this week as he prepared for his Bellator Birmingham debut, Adis Dadovic, who hadn’t lost since his pro debut and currently on an 8 fight win streak finishing all of his opponents in the first round, is another unfortunate recipient of the injury bug. Bahati is not impressed, “I’ve never heard of Adis to be honest but it’s the fight I got offered, he’s got a great record and is on an 8 fight win streak but at the end of the day he was being bought in for me to demolish in my hometown.
Unfortunately Adis Dadovic has pulled out of the fight but lucky for me I will remain on the Bellator Birmingham card. Adis has sent his younger brother Amir Dadovic to do his dirty work for him but the result will be the same. Respect to Amir for stepping up but I’m on a different level than him. He’s a kick boxer but I can beat him at what he’s good at and I recently got my BJJ Black belt so if the fight hits the floor I will treat him like a white belt. I’m coming out fast looking to put him away quick, put on spectacular performance in my home town and getting back on track.”
Bellator Birmingham: Primus vs. Wilde will air live on free-to-air Channel 5 at 10 p.m. GMT on Saturday, May 4. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased from TheTicketFactory.com and Bellator.com, as well as the Resorts World Arena box office.
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Updated Bellator Birmingham: Primus vs. Wilde Card:
Lightweight Main Event: Brent Primus (8-1) vs. Tim Wilde (12-3)
Middleweight Co-Main Bout: Fabian Edwards (6-0) vs. Falco Neto (11-9)
Lightweight Main Card Bout: Derek Campos (19-8) vs. Pedro Carvalho (9-3)
Welterweight Main Card Bout: Raymond Daniels (0-1) vs. Wilker Barros (Pro Debut)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Saul Rogers (12-2) vs. Aiden Lee (7-3)
Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: Brian Moore (11-7) vs. Binh Son Le (5-2)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Kane Mousah (11-2) vs. Mateusz Piskorz (14-4)
Light Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: James Mulheron (11-3) vs. Lee Chadwick (24-14-1)
Light Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Yannick Bahati (8-4, 1 NC) vs. Amir Dadovic (4-4)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Dominque Wooding (5-2) vs. David Khalsa (2-4)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout:
Jim Wallhead (30-11) vs. Giorgio Pietrini (16-4-1)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Gavin Hughes (9-1) vs. Mohammad Yahya (5-1)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Craig Turner (7-0, 1 NC) vs. Ashley Reece (7-1)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Dan Cassell (3-3-1) vs. John Nicholls (4-2)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Akonne Wanliss (2-1) vs. Sam Slater (2-1)
Bantamweight Preliminary Bout:
Raphael Uchegbu (Pro Debut) vs. Lee Percival (1-1, 1 NC)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Nicolo Solli(1-0) vs. Simon Ridgway (Pro Debut)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Kieran Lister (4-0) vs. Constantin Gnusariev (2-0)