Former DEEP Jewels and RIZIN standout Kana Watanabe will make her return to Bellator on April 2nd, fighting Alejandra Lara in a flyweight bout. The fight was first reported by Marc Raimondi of ESPN.
The 125-pound matchup joins a series of events being put on by Bellator at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA.
Watanabe enters the fight after putting together nine wins and one draw on the Japanese MMA scene. Among the fights are three submission wins and three other stoppage victories.
Watanabe last competed in late 2019, where she defeated Ilara Joanne on a collaborative card between Bellator and RIZIN.
Watanabe has three wins in notable Japanese MMA promotion RIZIN. Two of the victories have come against flyweight veteran Shizuka Sugiyama.
She now has a tough opponent in Lara, who is also returning after a year out of action.
Lara picked up wins in her last two bouts, defeating Veta Arteaga and Taylor Turner. The wins put Lara back on track after losing a title shot and the following fight in 2018.
The flyweight bout joins the growing lineup for Bellator 255. The card currently includes Bellator Featherweight Champion Patricio Pitbull facing Emmanuel Sanchez in the semifinals of the promotion’s featherweight grand prix.
Bout 6: Patricio Pitbull (31-4) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez (20-4) (Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix Semifinals)
Bout 5: Usman Nurmagomedov (11-0) vs. Mike Hamel (7-4) (Lightweight)
Bout 4: Jared Scoggins (10-1) vs. Magomed Magomedov (17-1) (Bantamweight)
Bout 3: Matt Mitrione (13-8) vs. Tyrell Fortune (9-1) (Heavyweight)
Bout 2: Neiman Gracie (10-1) vs. Jason Jackson (13-4) (Welterweight)
Bout 1: Kana Watanabe (9-0-1) vs. Alejandra Lara (9-3) (Flyweight)