clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Patricky Pitbull injured, Bellator 283 now headlined by Douglas Lima vs. Jason Jackson

Patricky Pitbull
Photo via Bellator MMA

Patricky Pitbull won’t be defending his lightweight title at Bellator 283 after all.

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.

Outlaw (16-4) earned a shot at the Bellator gold with back-to-back wins over Adam Piccolotti and Myles Jury. Outlaw won titles under Ring of Combat and Titan FC before signing with Bellator in 2019.

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

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the MMA Fighting Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your fighting news from MMA Fighting