Team Bellator takes the long trip to Japan to battle the best Rizin offers at a cross-promotion all-star event. AJ McKee – Roberto Satoshi Souza and Patricio Pitbull – Kleber Koike Erbst are among the intriguing pairings presented at Bellator – Rizin, which will be played on December 31 under the rules of Rizin.
Saturday’s main event pits Bellator’s former featherweight champion and 3-pound-for-pound fighter McKee against Rizin’s lightweight champion Satoshi at the legendary Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan. McKee (19-1) is a versatile offensive powerhouse with long, explosive hits and a tough surrender game. Expect McKee to keep the fight in range against Satoshi (14-1), a strong jiu-jitsu pro, with 10 career surrenders and four knockouts.
“He’s fine,” McKee said at this week’s press conference. “I feel like he hasn’t fought anyone of my caliber yet, so I’m looking forward to bringing him a good fight and increasing the pace.
“It’s going to be a fun fight, it’s going to be an exciting fight. It’s going to be a fight that I think people will love, and I’m going to love it too, I’ll just be outside having fun, doing what I’m doing.” I love to do. It’s a ring, so it’s going to be a little different for me, but especially for this fight, I’m not too worried about that.”
Bellator vs. Rizin’s joint main event is a superfight between featherweight champions Patricio Pitbull and Kleber Koike Erbst. Similar to the main event, Bellator has all-round fighter on Pitbull (34-5) and takes a serious submission threat on Erbst.
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The bottom card will also feature the return of former Bellator bantamweight champions Juan Archuleta and Kyoji Horiguchi. Archuleta, who won a decisive victory against Enrique Barzola in his last exit, will face Soo Chul Kim. Horiguchi, who previously held the Rizin bantamweight title before moving on to Bellator and seizing the gold, will descend to flyweight to defeat Hiromasa Ougikubo.
Take a look below at how you can see all the action on New Year’s Eve.
Bellator and Rizin motherboard display information
History: 31st of December | Start time: 20:00 ET/PT
Location: Saitama Super Arena — Tokyo, Japan
TV Channel/Strea: Show Time (Tape delayed)
Here is Bellator and Rizin motherboard.
Bellator and Rizin motherboard
|AJ McKee||Roberto Satoshi Souza||Light|
|Patricio Pitbull||Kleber Koike Erbst||featherweight|
|Kyoji Horiguchi||Hiromasa Ougikubo||flyweight|
|Juan Archuleta||So Chul Kim||bantamweight|
|Gaji Rabadanov||Koji Takeda||Light|