With a second show less than a month away, ProElite hit its first snag. UFC veteran Pedro Rizzo (19-9) has pulled out of his headlining bout against Tim Sylvia (29-7) at ProElite 2, citing a partial tear in his triceps tendon suffered while training in Holland. Rizzo announced the news on Monday via Twitter.
A replacement headliner has yet to been announced by promotion officials at this time. Rizzo was scheduled to compete against Sylvia in the quarter-final round of ProElite's inaugural, eight-man heavyweight tournament, also featuring Andrei Arlovski, Travis Fulton, and Mark Ellis.
The bout was to be Rizzo's first since July 2010, when he chopped down UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock for a TKO victory at Impact FC 2. The performance capped a three-fight win streak for the 37-year-old, including a second-round TKO over Gary Goodridge and a hard-fought unanimous decision over Jeff Monson.
ProElite 2 is slated for November 5th at the iWireless Center in Moline, Illinois. Along with the heavyweight tournament, the card features Reagan Penn -- brother of B.J. Penn -- and top-10 women's flyweight Tara LaRosa.