John Teixeira Injured, Withdraws from Bellator 153 Bout vs. Patricio ‘Pitbull’

By Tristen Critchfield Apr 8, 2016

John Teixeira da Conceicao has suffered an undisclosed injury and has pulled out his Bellator 153 co-main event bout against Patricio Freire.

A promotion official confirmed Teixeira’s withdrawal to on Friday afternoon after The MMA Report first brought word of the injury. The California-based promotion is currently seeking a replacement opponent for the ex-featherweight champion.

Bellator 153 takes place on April 22 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and is headlined by a welterweight title tilt between Andrey Koreshkov and Benson Henderson. The evening’s main card airs on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.

Freire is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Daniel Straus in a featherweight title clash at Bellator 145 this past November. That snapped a seven-fight winning streak for “Pitbull,” who had previously defeated Straus twice in Bellator competition.

Teixeira, who competed on Season 1 of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil,” is 3-0 under the Bellator banner, with all three of his triumphs coming via split decision. “Macapa” owns a 19-1-2 career mark; his only loss came to Hugo Viana at UFC 147.


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