Sherdog.com confirmed the matchup with a promotion official on
Tuesday following an initial report from
MMAjunkie.com. Bellator 249 takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in
Uncasville, Conn., and is headlined by a women’s featherweight
title tilt between Cristiane
Justino and Arlene
Freire has been victorious in his last five Bellator appearances
and seven of his last eight bouts overall. Most recently, the elder
“Pitbull” brother suffered a decision loss against Tofiq
Musayev in the finals of Rizin’s lightweight grand prix on Dec.
The 28-year-old Willis claimed welterweight gold with a five-round
verdict against Vinicius
de Jesus at LFA 88 on Aug. 21. Willis owns a 13-2 professional
mark overall and has earned five of his victories by KO/TKO and
eight via decision.