Josh Hill Is Third Fighter To Withdraw From Bellator Grand Prix
Another bantamweight is out from the Bellator Grand Prix.
Josh “Gentleman” Hill (21-4-0) was supposed to share the cage with Enrique Barzola (17-5-2) at Bellator 278 in Hawaii, but Hill is out from the bout, MMA Junkie reported. Hill is the third fighter to withdraw from the Bellator Grand Prix.
Hill held four battles in Bellator and suffered only one loss against Raufeon Stots, the fighter who will fight for the interim bantamweight title on the same card.
At Bellator 258, Hill and Stots spent all 15 minutes inside the cage, and Stots was the one whose hand was raised in the end. Hill’s latest fight was against Jared Scoggins (10-2-0), where he earned a second-round brutal KO victory.
Enrique held only one fight in Bellator since he left the UFC two years ago.
He defeated Darrion Caldwell in the third round via TKO. He had a great opportunity to get closer to the title fight, but after Hill’s withdrawal, it is unknown if he will remain on the card.
Sergio Pettis and James Gallagher are the other two fighters who will not participate in the Grand Prix.
Since the champion himself, Pettis, withdrew, Bellator is making an interim title fight between former champion Juan Archuleta and one of the most promising contenders, Stots.