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Wednesday, Jul 26, 2023

Bellator X Rizin 2: Roberto De Souza Replacing AJ McKee, Patricio “Pitbull” Added to Card

Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (left)(image via Rizin/YouTube)

By FCF Staff

The second Bellator versus Rizin card has undergone a couple of significant changes, just days out from the event.

On Tuesday, Bellator announced that AJ McKee has withdrawn from his lightweight grand-prix bout with Patricky “Pitbull” Freire, due to medical issues. Rizin’s lightweight champ, Roberto “Satoshi” De Souza, has agreed to step in on short notice and fight Freire in the quarterfinal bout. The fight will be contested at 161 pounds.

In addition, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire has been added to the Rizin – Super Rizin 2 card, as Bellator’s featherweight champ will battle  Chihiro Suzuki in a 154-pound catchweight bout.

Here is the updated line-up for the event, which will take place at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.

The Bellator x Rizin card will be broadcast on Showtime, July 29th, beginning at 11 pm ET / 8 pm PT. The Rizin portion of the event will be available via FITE TV.

BELLATOR X RIZIN: Pitbull vs. De Souza:

Lightweight grand-prix quarterfinal: Patricky Freire vs. Roberto de Souza
Inaugural Bellator flyweight championship: Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Makoto Shinryu
Magomed Magomedov vs. Danny Sabatello.
Veta Arteaga vs. Kana Watanabe.
Andrey Koreshkov vs. Lorenz Larkin


Mikuru Asakura vs. Vugar Karamov
Hiromasa Ougikubo vs. Juan Archuleta
Patricio Freire vs. Chihiro Suzuki
Seika Izawa vs. Claire Lopez
Kenta Takizawa vs. Shinobu Ota
Daichi Abe vs. Igor Tanabe
Yuki Ito vs. Hiroya Kondo
Tofiq Musayev vs. Akira Okada

Line-up via MMA Mania.

posted by FCF Staff @ 10:07 am
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