AJ McKee has withdrawn from the Rizin x Bellator 2 event on July 30th, 2023, from the Saitama Super Arena, Japan, due to injury.
With AJ McKee out due to injury, Roberto de Souza will step in to face Patricky Pitbull at Bellator x Rizin 2.
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“We have four days until this weekend’s summer extravaganza and some of you my wonder why we are doing this presser. AJ McKee will be withdrawing from the Bellator card,” Nobuyuki Sakakibara (RIZN President)
“This type of issue can happen from time to time. Fighters get injured and they withdraw, AJ McKee cannot continue in our tournament and he will be eliminated (but) we will have him as an alternate. We hope in the future we can put this fight on again,” Scott Coker (Bellator President)
Meanwhile, Hiromasa Ougikubo squares off against Juan Archuleta for the bantamweight title.
AJ McKee vs. Roberto de Souza (Lightweight)
Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Makoto Takahashi (flyweight title)
Kana Watanabe vs. Veta Arteaga (Flyweight)
Danny Sabatello vs. Magomed Magomedov (Bantamweight)
Andrey Koreshkov vs. Lorenz Larkin (Welterweight)