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Tuesday, Mar 07, 2023

Former Bellator Champ Juan Archuleta Returning to Rizin for Bout With Naoki Inoue

Juan Archuleta (image via Bellator / Twitter)

By FCF Staff

Juan Archuleta will return to Japan for his next bout, as it’s been announced that the former Bellator champ will battle Naoki Inoue in May.

Archuleta (27-4) competed at the New Year’s Eve, Bellator vs. Rizin card in Saitama, and recorded a decision win over Soo Chul Kim. Now it’s been confirmed that Archuleta will face Inoue at Rizin 42, which will go down on May 6 in Tokyo.

Inoue (18-3) is coming off a submission win over Kenta Takizawa on NYE, and has gone 4-1 in his last 5 bouts.

Archuleta, meanwhile, is 3-2 in his last 5 contests. The Archuleta – Inoue match-up will be fought at bantamweight.

Rizin 42 is also expected to feature Kai Asakura versus Yuki Motoya, and lightweight champ Roberto Souza versus Spike Carlyle.

posted by FCF Staff @ 11:24 am
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