Kevin Souza signed with Bellator to replace injured Derek Campos on five days’ notice in the main event of Bellator 152 in Italy, and he can thank a Twitter follower for getting the fight.
A week after announcing a June 3 bout at Croatian promotion Final Fight Championship, his first fight after being cut by the UFC in December, Souza was tagged in a tweet from a fan, asking if he would be down to replacing Patricio Freire’s opponent John Teixeira at Bellator 153.
“Patricio’s opponent got injured and he tweeted that he needed someone to step up, and this guy tagged me on Twitter,” Souza told MMA Fighting. “I was playing video game with my teammates when I saw this tweet. I sent it to my manager, Glenn (Robinson). He liked the idea and contacted Bellator offering me to fight Patricio, but we couldn’t get the fight.”
@PatricioPitbull what about @kevinsouzamma ??
— Jaycen (@JaycenD) 9 de abril de 2016
Henry Corrales replaced Teixeira at Bellator 153, and Souza returned to the gym to train for his upcoming fight in Croatia. Everything changed a day later, when Patricio’s brother, Patricky Freire, also needed an opponent when Derek Campos pulled out of Saturday’s Bellator 152 event with an injury.
“I forgot about it, but 24 hours later Glenn called me again saying ‘man, they just called me asking if you want to fight Patricky at 155 pounds in Italy. What do you think?'” Souza said. “I couldn’t believe it. I asked him if he was kidding me, and accepted it right away. I even joked that we threw the bait at one ‘Pitbull’ and got the other.”
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