First, he was upset by Hector Urbina and lost his NAAFS middleweight title along with his undefeated record at “Caged Fury 17″ in April. Then he accepted a bout against Kevin Zalac (3-2) as part of next week’s Bellator 71 undercard in West Virginia, but he has decided to pull out of the bout, citing difficulties with the health of his mother. Clark posted a message on his Facebook page announcing the decision to pull out of the bout.
Sources close to the event have indicated that West Virginia native Chris Goldbaugh (3-1) could take the bout against Zalac, although the bout was not included as part of an official press release from the promotion earlier today.
Bellator 71 takes place on June 22 at the Mountaineer Casino in Chester, West Virginia. The main card airs live on MTV 2, while the preliminary card will be shown on Spike.com.
Bellator 71 features the beginning of the 2012 “Summer Series,” and will include the quarterfinals of a light heavyweight title contender’s tournament. As part of that tournament, Travis Wiuff (66-14, 2-0 BFC) will look to build off of a non-title win over current Bellator champion Christian M’Pumbu, as he takes on Alabama’s Chris Davis (10-3, 0-1 BFC). In other tournament action, Attila Vegh (25-4-2, 1-0 BFC) will take on Zelg Galesic (11-6, 0-1 BFC), and former tournament finalist Rich Hale (19-4-1, 4-1 BFC) will horns with Bellator newcomer Beau Tribolet (7-1, 0-0 BFC). Both Emanuel Newton (17-6, 0-0 BFC) and Roy Boughton (8-2, 0-0 BFC) will make their respective organizational debuts in the final quarterfinal matchup.
The main card will be rounded out by the Bellator debut of heavyweight Brett “Da Grim” Rogers (11-4, 0-0 BFC), and he’ll take on fellow newcomer Kevin Asplund (15-1, 0-0 BFC), who puts his 15-fight winning streak on the line in his Bellator debut.
In preliminary action, Dan “Dragon” Spohn (6-2, 1-2 BFC) will look to snap out of a two-fight losing streak, as he defends his NAAFS light heavywieght title in a remtach with Josh “Sandman” Stansbury (3-2, 0-0 BFC). In more light heavyweight action, “Big” John Hawk (7-4, 2-1 BFC) will tangle with Tim Carpenter (8-1, 3-1 BFC) for an alternate spot in the “Summer Series” tournament.
Undefeated middleweight Jason Butcher (3-0, 0-0 BFC) will make his Bellator debut, as the Jorge Gurgel product will clash with Duane Bastress (5-1, 2-0 BFC). Featherweights Brylan Van Artsdalen (6-3, 0-3 BFC) and Neil Johnson (6-4, 0-0 BFC) will square off, and the card will be rounded out by a pair of undefeated lightweights, as Ohio product Joey Holt (3-0, 1-0 BFC) takes on E.J. Brooks (7-0, 4-0 BFC).
Travis Wiuff (66-14) vs. Chris Davis (10-3) – LHW tournament quarterfinal
Attila Vegh (25-4-2) vs. Zelg Galesic (11-6) – LHW tournament quarterfinal
Roy Boughton (8-2) vs. Emanuel Newton (17-6) – LHW tournament quarterfinal
Beau Tribolet (7-1) vs. Richard Hale (19-4-1) – LHW tournament quaterfinal
Brett Rogers (11-4) vs. Kevin Asplund (15-1)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com):
Dan Spohn (6-2) vs. Josh Stansbury (3-2) – for NAAFS LHW title
Tim Carpenter (8-1) vs. John Hawk (7-4) – LHW tournament alternate
Jason Butcher (3-0) vs. Duane Bastress (5-1)
Neil Johnson (6-4) vs. Brylan Van Artsdalen (6-3)
E.J. Brooks (7-0) vs. Joey Holt (3-0)
Kevin Zalac (3-2) vs. Chris Goldbaugh (3-1)^
^not officially announced