It appears Kurt Pellegrino’s retirement is on hold again.
Pellegrino will be back in action May 11 at Bellator 68, during the promotion’s upcoming sixth season, against Polish lightweight Marcin Held.
Held was reported by Polish site tychy.pl to be fighting on a Bellator card that date in Atlantic City, N.J., and MMADieHards.com, citing a source close to the event, has learned that Pellegrino has been slated as the opponent. Bellator has not yet named event sites past the April 13 event at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Pellegrino (16-7) retired from the UFC last year on March 19, following a split-decision loss to Gleison Tibau, only to be lured out five months later by Bellator. Pellegrino was stopped in 50 seconds by Patricky “Pitbull” Freire at Bellator 59 in Atlantic City on Nov. 26, and was unsure about returning to the cage after the defeat, despite talking at length about retiring once again in an animated and light-hearted post-fight press conference.
Pellegrino, a fixture in the New Jersey mixed martial arts scenes as a trainer as well as a fighter, has lost three straight fights and is winless since submitting Fabricio Camoes in Newark, N.J. in March 2010 at UFC 111.
The 20-year-old Held (12-2) has won two straight fights since falling to eventual champion Michael Chandler in the quarterfinals of the Bellator Season Four lightweight tournament at Bellator 36. On the same night as Pellegrino’s last fight, Held won a curious split-decision over Phillipe Nover in a non-tournament fight.