Kurt Pellegrino fans will be pleased to hear that the charismatic lightweight and renowned grappler is coming out of retirement and will fight for Bellator on November 15th. The fight will mark the first time the UFC veteran has fought since November, 2011, when he was taken out by Patricky “Pitbull” Freire at Bellator 59. According to the announcement, the 34 year-old Pellegrino will take on Saul Almeida at the event, which will go down in Atlantic City.
“I’ve been in retirement for the last two years, but I’ve been in the gym every day since and the competitive fire has still been burning inside of me,” Pellegrino said in the official announcement. “Every morning I wake up I realize I had the same dream as the night before, and it’s to go out the way I want. With Bellator back in Atlantic City, this is my opportunity to end my nightmare and go out the way I want, the way I deserve.”
Pellegrino (16-7) stepped away from fighting after the loss to Freire, which was his third straight and followed defeats to Gleison Tibau and George Sotiropoulos in the Octagon. “Batman” had recorded consecutive wins over Thiago Tavares, Robert Emerson, Josh Neer and Fabricio Camoes prior to the losses.
Almeida (12-4) has also lost three straight, which includes a UD defeat to Matt Bessette at Bellator 63 last March. The 24 year-old fighter had won five in a row before he fought Bessette.
Bellator has also confirmed that the November 15th card will feature New Jersey’s Tom DeBlass; however, the UFC vet’s opponent has not been determined yet. The event will also include the featherweight and welterweight tournament finals for Bellator’s upcoming fall season. Sounds like it’s going to be a pretty stacked card.
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