Bellator set to partner with RIZIN again for NYE show in Japan

Bellator and RIZIN will once again partner up for a classic this New Years eve.

Bellator featherweight champion Patricio Pitbull will be joined by former titleholders A.J. McKee, Juan Archuleta, Kyoji Horiguchi and a fifth yet-to-be-announced fighter in a five-on-five main card clash with RIZIN athletes. The rules set will be announced “soon.”

Pitbull (34-5) last fought earlier this month, defending his 145-pound title with a decision over Adam Borics. McKee (19-1) made his lightweight debut on the same card, rebounding from his first career loss with a decision over spike Carlyle.

Archuleta (26-4), who was also part of the Bellator 286 lineup, defeated Enrique Barzola after three rounds. Horiguchi (30-5) made his return to RIZIN in September, tapping Yuto Hokamura in the second round.

RIZIN and Bellator have partnered multiple times over the course of the past seven years, culminating in Horiguchi becoming a two-promotion bantamweight champion and Patricky Pitbull reaching the finals of the RIZIN lightweight grand prix.

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