Carina Damm (17-8 MMA, 0-0 BFC) will not compete at next week's Bellator 57 event.
The Brazilian contender was expected to face Bellator Fighting Championships female champion Zoila Gurgel (11-1 MMA, 5-0 BFC) in a non-title affair, but with Gurgel forced to withdraw in favor of surgery, Damm has been pulled as well.
) has learned from sources close to the fighter that Damm will likely be re-booked for an as-yet-undetermined December event.
Bellator 57 takes place Nov. 12 at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada. Gurgel vs. Damm was expected to air on the evening's MTV2-televised main card.
When Damm does compete, it will mark her Bellator debut. The seven-year veteran looks to build on the strength of a pair of submission wins on the Brazilian regional scene earned after battling through a three-fight losing streak in bouts against Tara LaRosa, Cat Zingano and Hitmi Akamo.
Gurgel was originally scheduled to rematch Jessica Aguilar at Bellator 57. The fighters met in the semifinal round of a season-three tournament, where Gurgel won a close split-decision victory. However, Aguilar was forced out of the contest fight with a foot injury.
Gurgel has not fought since March, when she scored a unanimous-decision victory over Karina Hallinan in a 125-pound non-title fight at Bellator 35. She's now won six straight fights, which includes victories over notables Rosi Sexton and Megumi Fujii in earlier Bellator appearances.
A timetable for her return has not yet been established.