Mark it down as one ultimate victory for Scott Coker and Bellator MMA in 2022. The promotion despatched out 5 of its greatest fighters — together with a present champion — to compete towards one of the best that Rizin needed to supply on Saturday and got here away passing the take a look at with flying colours.
Bellator MMA vs. Rizin kicked off New Year’s Eve in Japan with an unbelievable occasion happening inside a hoop beneath Rizin guidelines. The essential occasion noticed former featherweight champion AJ McKee battle Roberto Satoshi Souza to a unanimous choice victory in some good back-and-forth motion between the grappling aces.
Current Bellator featherweight champion Patricio Pitbull additionally secured a unanimous choice victory by dominating Kleber Koike, who holds the Rizin featherweight championship. Pitbull didn’t enable Koike an avenue to search out success within the battle as he dictated each a part of the motion within the ring.
Other outcomes included former bantamweight king Juan Archlueta taking a cut up choice from Soo Chul Kim, Kyoji Horiguchi demolishing Hiromasa Ougikubo in a flyweight contest and Gadzhi Rabadanov taking down Koji Takeda at light-weight.
The actual highlights of the evening, nonetheless, got here from the walkouts as every fighter took on their very own interpretation of the warrior. Archuleta known as again to his heritage along with his Aztec warrior headdress and weanopry.
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