Robson Gracie Jr. gets new debut date, meets Brysen Bolohao at ‘Salute the Troops’ event in Hawaii

After a near-miss, Robson Gracie Jr. has a new date and opponent for his Bellator debut.

Gracie Jr. (0-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), brother of MMA legend Renzo Gracie, is now set to meet fellow Bellator newcomer Brysen Bolohao (9-2-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) at “Bellator and USO Present: Salute the Troops.” Bellator officials confirmed the welterweight matchup with MMAjunkie, after it was reported by KHON’s Rob DeMello.

“Bellator and USO Present: Salute the Troops” takes place Dec. 14 at Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. The event is expected to air on Paramount and DAZN following prelims streamed on MMAjunkie.

This will be Gracie Jr.’s second attempt at kicking off his MMA career. He was originally set to compete at last month’s Bellator 208, but the fight was cancelled at the last minute when Jamal Pottinger failed to make the 175-pound catchweight limit by 6.2 pounds. Pottinger was already a short-notice replacement, for Peter Nascimento.

Hawaii’s own Bolohao is also making his promotional debut. He comes off an eight-fight winning streak in the local circuit.

The latest Bellator “Salute the Troops” lineup includes:

  • Champ Brent Primus vs. Michael Chandler – for lightweight title
  • Javy Ayala vs. Frank Mir
  • Daniel Crawford vs. A.J. McKee
  • Alejandra Lara vs. Juliana Velasquez
  • Brysen Bolohao vs. Robson Gracie Jr.

For more on “Bellator and USO Present: Salute the Troops,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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