Hongri Gracie, the son of MMA legend Royce Gracie, will finally return to the cage in March when he takes on David Pacheco in a welterweight bout at Bellator 293, MMA Fighting has announced.
Bellator 293 will take place on March 31 at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, California and will air on Showtime. The card is headlined by Marcelo Golm vs. Daniel James, with Cat Zingano taking on Leah McCourt in the co-main event.
Gracie (2-2) has not competed since November 2020, when Trevor Gudde ended his two-fight winning streak with a third-round knockout. The 25-year-old holds Bellator victories over Oscar Vera and Ron Becker between 2018 and 2019.
Pacheco (1-1) also fought all of his professional MMA fights under the Bellator banner, knocking out Jorge Juarez in 2019 before losing to Miguel Jacob by decision a year later. Since then, Dynamite has fought twice, losing 1-0-1 in kickboxing matches.
Check out the updated Bellator 293 roster below.
Marcelo Golm vs. Daniel James
Kat Zingano vs Leah McCourt
John Salter vs. Aaron Jeffery
Jalil Willis vs. Rustam Khabilov
Archie Colgan vs. Justin Montalvo
Mike Hamel vs. Nick Brown
JJ Wilson vs. Mandel Nallo
Conry Gracie vs. David Pacheco