Bellator lightweight champion Patricky “Pitbull” Freire has been forced to withdraw from his Bellator 283 bout against Sidney Outlaw due to injury.
Sherdog was the first to announce the news on Tuesday that Pitbull was forced to withdraw from the bout.
Freire earned the vacant title over Peter Queally in a rematch at Bellator 270. It was an impressive performance from start to finish as Freire earned a TKO win in Round 2.
Freire has earned wins over the likes of Benson Henderson and Josh Thomson during his Bellator tenure.
As for Outlaw, he has won back-to-back fights over Myles Jury and Adam Piccolotti. His lone defeat in the Bellator cage came against former lightweight champion and current UFC contender Michael Chandler.
Outlaw’s name may be familiar to UFC fans who saw him earn a unanimous decision win on Dana White‘s Contender Series in 2017. Despite the victory, the promotion passed up on him for a contract and he ended up fighting in smaller promotions before getting a shot in Bellator.
With Freire vs. Outlaw scrapped, Douglas Lima and Jason Jackson will now headline the event. Undefeated lightweight prospect Usman Nurmagomedov will make his return as well against Chris Gonzalez.