Bellator veteran Wilson Reis will finally head home to entertain his countrymen after sixteen scraps outside of his native Brazil. Reis was recently named as part of regional promotion WFE’s upcoming show on December 16, an event also featuring action from UFC veteran Edilberto Crocota and a bout involving the amazingly-named Hugo Wolverine.
Reis will take on 9-4 Bruno Menezes who fights out of Team Nogueira and is on a three-fight winning streak.
News of the match-up was first reported by Tatame.
The fight will mark the first for Reis since parting ways with Bellator after losing his last two fights under the promotion’s banner, one of which came in his 135-pound debut against eventual tournament winner Eduardo Dantas. The separation ended a run for Reis dating back to the organization’s inaugural season in 2009. At 12-4 with five submissions to his credit, the 26-year old out of Sao Paulo holds past wins over a number of respectable adversaries like Bryan Caraway and bantamweight champ Zach Makovsky.
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MMATraining Take: I think this a smart move for the Philly-based Reis and give props to his management for putting it together. Not only will the bout give him an opportunity to compete in front of his fellow Brazilians, something I guarantee he’s amped about, it also involves a fairly winnable fight. Given his talent, if he picks up two more on smaller cards in early 2012 I’d say it’s likely we’ll see him back in Bellator or maybe even signed to the UFC.