Lorenz Larkin will return against Costello Van Steenis in a middleweight bout at Bellator 258 on May 7, promotion officials told ESPN. Larkin has won four in a row, but has not fought since December 2019. Van Steenis, a protégé of Gegard Mousasi, has won seven of eight. Bellator 258 is headlined by a bantamweight title fight between champion Juan Archuleta and Sergio Pettis, plus a Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix first-round matchup between Yoel Romero and Anthony "Rumble" Johnson.
Zarah Fairn missed weight severely Friday morning and her scheduled bout Saturday with Josiane Nunes is now off due to weight management issues, per the UFC. Fairn weighed 147 pounds for what was a 139-pound catchweight bout. Nunes hit the scale at 136 pounds — Fairn was 11 pounds heavier than her. UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Gastelum will resume with 11 bouts.
Mauro Ranallo, one of the top broadcasters in combat sports, is returning to pro wrestling. Ranallo, the play-by-play man for Showtime Boxing and Bellator MMA, will be on the call for the Impact Wrestling title match between champion Rich Swann and challenger Kenny Omega on the Rebellion pay-per-view card April 25, sources told ESPN. Omega, the AEW champ, is trying to win another major title. Ranallo worked for WWE on and off from 2015 to 2020, leaving his role as the voice of NXT last August.