An emotional Josh Barnett explained what happened that led to the cancellation of his planned main event fight with Ronny Markes.

Barnett, a former UFC heavyweight champion, was declared unfit to compete due to illness. He was scheduled to headline the Bellator Salute to the Troops card Friday night from Hawaii.

Despite the loss of the bout, the card went on, as Toby Misech finished Erik Perez in the first round of the new main event.

Misech improved to 12-7 with the victory, which came in just 54 seconds of the bout. Perez fell to 19-7 in his career.

Alejandra Lara topped Veta Artega via decision, with Tywan Claxton also scoring a decision victory over Braydon Akeo.

Joey Davis remained unbeaten in his career, improving to 7-0 with a first round TKO over Chris Cisernos.

Hunter Ewald, Joseph Creer and Cass Bell were all prelim winners.

Bellator will hold another event, Bellator 236, Saturday night from Hawaii. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane defends her title against Kate Jackson in the main event.

Bellator Salute To The Troops

Josh Barnett (35-8) vs. Ronny Markes (19-7) was cancelled by the Hawaii State Boxing Commission deeming Barnett unable to compete tonight due to severe illness

Toby Misech (12-7) defeated Erik Perez (19-7) via KO (punches) at 0:54 of round one

Alejandra Lara (9-3) defeated Veta Artega (5-3) via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

Tywan Claxton (6-1) defeated Braydon Akeo (3-1) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Joey Davis (7-0) defeated Chris Cisneros (19-11) via TKO (punches) at 3:55 of round one

Hunter Ewald (1-0) defeated Brysen Bolohao (0-2) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:42 of round one

Joseph Creer (7-1-1) defeated Ty Gwerder (4-1) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-26)

Cass Bell (5-0) defeated Pierre Daguzan (5-4, 1 NC) via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

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