Bellator and Rizin present their second joint event – Bellator x Rizin 2 – on July 29, 2023, from Super Saitama Arena in Tokyo, Japan.
The event was headlined by a quarterfinal bout of the Lightweight Grand Prix between Patricky Freire and Roberto de Souza. De Souza was a late replacement for AJ McKee in the tournament. De Souza lost to McKee at Bellator x Rizin 1 event, and had since beaten Spike Carlyle. Patricky was coming off losing Bellator Lightweight title to Usman Nurmagomedov.
In the co-main event, Kyoji Horiguchi and Makoto Shinryu fought for the inaugural Bellator Flyweight title. 3 more bouts were also set for the show as Andrey Koreshkov took on Lorenz Larkin in a welterweight bout. Bellator’s Danny Sabatello faced Rizin’s Magomed Magomedov in a bantamweight bout. Kana Watanabe and Veta Arteaga clashed in a flyweight bout
The event coverage started at 11 PM ET on Showtime in US(check here for streaming information). Check below as we post results from Bellator x Rizin 2 event with complete fight card, and other details.
- Andrey Koreshkov def. Lorenz Larkin via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) – Welterweight Bout
- Magomed Magomedov def. Danny Sabatello via submission(guillotine choke) at 3:55 of Round 1 – Bantamweight Bout (Watch Video)
- Kana Watanabe def. Veta Arteaga via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)- Flyweight Bout
- Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Makoto Shinryu ends in a No Contest (accidental eye poke) at 0:25 of Round 1 – vacant Bellator MMA flyweight championship Bout
- Patricky Pitbull def. Roberto de Souza via TKO(leg kick & strikes) at 0:49 of round 3 – Lightweight Tournament Quarter-Final Bout