The Bellator vs Rizin results are in and it was a clean sweep for the Bellator fighters. The Rizin fighters put on an awesome show though and made for some really competitive matchups. All of the fights were held on New Years Eve 2022 live from the Saitama Super Arena following Rizin 40.
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In the main event, Bellator fighter AJ McKee was the last to make his stand against Rizin champion and BJJ expert Roberto Satoshi Souza. Aj McKee was able to be more effective with his striking and had enough ground skill to keep the world renowned BJJ expert from securing a submission. Even when Satoshi was on his back with a body triangle and plenty of time to work, AJ would not be submitted. In fact, it was AJ McKee who stole a round which was heavily controlled by Souza, until AJ broke free and delivered the most significant strikes in the fight near the end of round two. Ultimately, it was AJ who won a unanimous decision.
In the co-main event, Rizin’s Kleber Koike vs Bellator’s Patricio Pitbull the fight was a bit of a lack luster affair. Koike was attempting to get to grappling with Pitbull but had very limited success in doing so. Even when he was capable of taking the Bellator featherweight champion down he was unable to hold him there or really threaten. It was Patricio who used his strikes to dish out enough damage to win on all three judges scorecards.
Bellator vs Rizin Results
Main Card (aired on Showtime 8:00pm ET)
Roberto Satoshi Souza (14-2-0) vs AJ McKee (20-1-0) – lightweight main event – McKee by unanimous decision
Kleber Koike (31-6-1) vs Patricio Pitbull (35-5-0) – featherweight co-main event – Pitbull by unanimous decision
Hiromasa Ougikubo (25-7-2) vs Kyoji Horiguchi (30-5-0) – flyweight feature bout – Horiguchi by unanimous decision
Soo Chul Kim (18-7-1) vs Juan Archuleta (27-4-0) – bantamweight feature bout – Archuleta by split decision
Koji Takeda (15-4-0) vs Gadzhi Rabadanov (19-4-1) – lightweight feature bout – Rabadanov by unanimous decision
That wraps it up for the Bellator vs Rizin results. The next event, being held by Bellator, won’t be until Saturday, February 4th, when two titles go up for grabs at Bellator 290. The first event of the year for the promoter will feature the rematch of Ryan Bader vs the legend Fedor Emelianenko. Also on the card, middleweight champion Johnny Eblen vs Anatoly Tokov from the Kia Forum in Los Angeles, CA.
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