Bellator and Rizin Fight Federation will continue to grow their partnership next month at Bellator 222
On Wednesday, Bellator officials announced their fighter Lindsey VanZandt will square off against Rizin FF fighter Rena Kubota at Madison Square Garden in New York City. This bout marks the second scrap between two fighters representing their organizations as Bellator bantamweight champion rematches RIZIN FF champion Kyoji Horiguchi on the same card.
VanZandt (4-1) is looking to continue her winning ways following a second-round TKO in her promotional debut over Tabatha Ann Watkins at Bellator 215 in February. This got her back into the win column after coming up short to Kelly D’Angelo at Invicta FC 31 in September.
To date, the woman known as “Damsel” has finished three of her four professional wins by (T)KO.
Kubota (8-2 MMA, 33-5-1 kickboxing), a multiple time Shoot Boxing champion, is also looking to pick up her second straight win following her decision win over Samantha Jean-Francois at RIZIN 15 in April. Prior to this, she came up short to Kanna Asakura at RIZIN 11 last July.
To date, Kubota has finished four of her eight professional MMA fights by (T)KO.
The entire card will go down inside Madison Square Garden on June 14. With this latest additions, here is how the entire card stands:
- Lyoto Machida vs. Chael Sonnen
- Rory MacDonald (c) vs. Neiman Gracie - for Bellator welterweight championship
- Darrion Caldwell (c) vs. Kyoji Horiguchi - for Bellator bantamweight championship
- Dillon Danis vs. Max Humphrey
- Aaron Pico vs. Adam Borics
- Heather Hardy vs. Taylor Turner
- Phil Hawes vs. Michael Wilcox
- Robson Gracie vs. Oscar Vera
- Ricky Bandejas vs. Patrick Mix
- Mike Kimbel vs. Sebastian Ruiz
- Brandon Polcare vs. Brandon Medina
- John Beneduce vs. Kenny Rivera
- Kastriot Xhema vs. Whitney Francois
- Lindsey Vanzandt vs. Rena Kubota
(c) - champion