Sources have confirmed to MyMMANews that Bellator MMA has rebooked a lightweight bout between Shane Kruchten (12-5) and Lance Gibson Jr. (3-0) for Bellator 253 on November 19.
— Eric Kowal – MyMMANews.com (@MyMMANews) October 17, 2020
The bout which was originally scheduled for Bellator 244 in August was canceled by promotoers after Kruchten tested positive for COVID-19.
Kruchten told MyMMANews, “Bellator MMA supported me through the tough times and checked on my health regularl. I’ve since had and 4 test come back negative.”
“The War Rhino” Kruchten seeks to record his first win with Bellator MMA after dropping consecutive bouts to Aaron Pico and former champion Daniel Straus.
Gibson returns to the promotion for a second time after recording a first round win over Dominic Jones at Bellator 232 in October 2019.
Bellator 253, which will take place at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, is headlined by a bantamweight bout between Darrion Caldwell and AJ McKee Jr.
Bellator officials have not officially announced the Kruchten vs. Gibson Jr. pairing.