The Brazilian champ, who was slated to face Sidney Outlaw on July 22 in Tacoma, Wash., is out after suffering an undisclosed injury in training, multiple people with knowledge of the withdrawal told MMA Fighting following a report from Sherdog.
Stepping in for Pitbull is former RIZIN champ Tofiq Musayev, who will face Outlaw on the event’s main card. Musayev originally was scheduled to face Adam Piccolotti at the Bellator 283, but Piccolotti suffered an injury and was forced to withdraw from the event.
The original event’s original co-headliner, Douglas Lima vs. Jason Jackson, has been promoted to a five-round main event, a person with knowledge of the shift told MMA Fighting after an initial report from MMA Junkie.
MMA Fighting has learned that Pitbull (24-10) could be cleared to training again in two weeks depending on how the treatment goes. The brother of Bellator featherweight king Patricio Pitbull, Patricio Pitbull claimed the vacant 155-pound championship by knocking out Peter Queally a minute into the second round of their rematch this past November in Ireland.
Musayev signed with Bellator after a failed bid to capture the then-vacant RIZIN lightweight title. Prior to that, he won 14 fights straight including one over Patricky Freire for a lightweight grand prix title.
Here is the updated Bellator 283 fight card.
Main Card (Showtime at 10:00 p.m. ET)
Douglas Lima vs. Jason Jackson
Sidney Outlaw vs. Tofiq Musayev
Usman Nurmagomedov vs. Chris Gonzalez
Lorenz Larkin vs. Mukhamed Berkhamov
Davion Franklin vs. Marcelo Golm
Preliminary Card (YouTube at 7:00 p.m. ET)
Romero Cotton vs. Dalton Rosta
Veta Arteaga vs. Vanessa Porto
Gadzhi Rabadanov vs. Bobby King
Jaylon Bates vs. Mark Coates
Roman Faraldo vs. Luis Iniguez
Justin Montalvo vs. Archie Colgan
Kai Kamaka III vs. Akhmed Magomedov
Ethan Hughes vs. Kevin Hand