Yaroslav Amosov has retired from the Bellator Main event in London where the world welterweight champion still defends his country in Ukraine.
London’s very own Michael “Venom” Page was scheduled to fight Amosov for his first world title on May 13 at Wembley Arena.
Page will instead fight 4th-ranked Logan Storley for the interim welterweight title in the capital.
A statement from Bellator confirmed that Amosov is still “actively defending his homeland.” The 28-year-old was recently pictured alongside Ukrainian troops fighting Russian forces in the town of Irpin, next to the capital Kyiv.
“Like the rest of the world, we are shocked by the tragic events in Ukraine and the thoughts of everyone at Bellator MMA are with Yaroslav and all the people of Ukraine at this time,” said Scott Coker, President of Bellator.
“We wish him and his family well and look forward to seeing him safely return to happier times, both inside and outside the Bellator cage.”
Amosov, 28, has the longest winning streak in MMA with 26 straight wins.
After the Russian invasion, he joined some of the biggest names in Ukrainian boxing to defend their country.
Heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk and former lightweight king Vasiliy Lomachenko both returned to Ukraine to join the defense forces early in the conflict.
Lomachenko has since turned down the chance to leave his homeland and train for a world title fight against George Kambosos Jr this summer, instead staying in Ukraine.
Usyk’s immediate situation remains uncertain. The 35-year-old was scheduled to defend his IBF, WBO and WBA titles against Anthony Joshua this spring before war broke out.
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