Steve Mowry Off Bellator 242 After Positive COVID-19 Test

Steve Mowry (right) Bellator MMA
Abbey vs. Steve Mowry (right), Bellator 215 Credit: Mike McClory/Cageside Press

Bellator heavyweight prospect Steve Mowry will be waiting a little longer before getting back in the cage.

On Tuesday, Tuesday, Mowry announced on social media that he had tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, commonly the “novel” coronavirus.

“So, uhhh long story short, I’m not fighting because of a positive COVID-19 test,” Mowry wrote on Istagram. “2020, am I right?”

Bellator is currently looking for a replacement fighter to step in against Rudy Schaffroth. That pair were originally scheduled to face off back in February, only for Mowry to pull out due to health concerns. That was then rebooked for this Friday’s Bellator 242.

In his professional MMA run, Mowry has won all seven contests to date. Training at Hard Knocks 365 in Florida, the 6″8 fighter is seen as a blue chip prospect in Bellator. All seven of his victories have ended in finishes, including four fights in Titan FC prior to making the jump to Bellator MMA.

Bellator’s first fight back from hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bellator 242 is headlined by bantamweight action between former UFC star Sergio Pettis, and Ricky Bandejas. The card also features Aaron Pico, Jordan Mein, and more. It all goes down Friday, July 24 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, airing live on Paramount Network.