In a shocking turn of events, the highly anticipated Bellator lightweight grand prix has taken an unexpected twist.
Former featherweight champion A.J. McKee's injury has opened the door for RIZIN lightweight champion Roberto de Souza to step into the ring against the formidable Patricky Pitbull. Brace yourselves for an explosive catchweight bout at Bellator x RIZIN 2.
Bellator CEO Scott Coker confirmed the development during a press conference, stating that despite the catchweight, the bout will still serve as the quarterfinals of the lightweight tournament. McKee will remain available to serve as the first alternate.
The stage is set, and the clash promises to be nothing short of epic. Both fighters are renowned for their skill and tenacity, and the stakes are higher than ever in this fierce grand prix competition. Fans are eager to witness De Souza's triumphant rebound after his previous decision loss to McKee at Bellator x RIZIN 1. De Souza, also known as "Satoshi," has proven his mettle by outpointing UFC veteran Spike Carlyle, showcasing his determination to dominate the ring.
But standing in his way is the formidable Patricky Pitbull, who returns to the competition hungry for victory after his unsuccessful bid for the Bellator bantamweight belt held by Sergio Pettis at Bellator 297. With a burning desire to prove himself, Patricky Pitbull will be a force to be reckoned with.
Adding more excitement to the already action-packed card, McKee's long-time rival and Patricky Pitbull's brother, Patricio Pitbull, will grace the ring in a captivating showdown against Chihiro Suzuki. The current featherweight champion is determined to make a statement, solidifying his legendary status in the sport.
This grand prix event at Saitama Super Arena in Japan on July 30 is more than just a tournament; it's a collision of titans from two premier promotions. Bellator x RIZIN 2 promises to deliver unparalleled entertainment as fighters from both promotions go head-to-head in thrilling matchups.
Super Rizin 2, the highly anticipated sequel to this extraordinary event, is bolstered by the addition of Hiromasa Ougikubo vs. Juan Archuleta in a fight for the RIZIN bantamweight title. The stage is set for an unforgettable night of battles, with each fighter hungry for glory.
Mark your calendars and prepare for an evening of heart-pounding action. Bellator x RIZIN 2 is not just a replacement bout; it's a high-stakes grand prix showdown that will go down in the history books. Don't miss out on witnessing the best in the world of mixed martial arts as they collide in a whirlwind of skill, power, and determination.