Former Sengoku Featherweight Champion and perennial Bellator featherweight Marlon Sandro will be stepping back into the cage as the promotion takes Rhode Island on November 16 for Bellator 81. Welcoming him back action will be Dustin Neace.
Sandro (22-4) has twice advanced to the featherweight tournament finals, but has yet to win in the big fight, losing to Pat Curran and most recently Daniel Straus. Prior to the unanimous decision loss to Strauss in May, the Brazilian was on a three-fight run, which included tournament victories over the highly touted Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra, Roberto Vargas, and Rafael Dias.
Neace (23-28), a veteran of The Ultimate Fighter 14, has been largely inactive since being released from the UFC behind a loss to Bryan Caraway at the season finale in December of last year. “The Beast” 5-3 in his last eight fights.