Pedro Rizzo Forced Out of ProElite 2, Andreas Kraniotakes vs. Tim Sylvia on November 5th in Moline, Illinois

Former UFC heavyweight contender, Pedro Rizzo has been forced to out of his ProElite 2 main event bout with former UFC heavyweight champion, Tim Sylvia. German heavyweight stand-out, Andreas Kraniotakes has agreed to step up and replace the former UFC title contender on the ProElite 2 event on November 5th in Moline, Illinois.

Rizzo, posting via his Twitter account, said:

“So I would like to apologize to … ProElite and specially to Tim Sylvia because I can’t be in the ring on Nov. 5 to face him.”

Kraniotakes, speaking via, said:

“My fans have been asking me to make my U.S. debut for a long time now. I want to thank ProElite for not only making it happen, but putting me in their main event with one of the biggest names in the heavyweight division.”

“When I got the call, I had to sense the moment and told Rich that I’ll have to take counsel with my pillow about the fight before I could give my final answer. The more I got used to the idea, though, the more I understood that the moment I’ve waited for was finally here. This is a great breakthrough opportunity for me. It’s been an incredible year so far and I will try to end it with a bang!”

Sylvia has had a ton of ups and downs since leaving the UFC roster, losing to Fedor Emelianenko in just 36 seconds, not to mentioned being knocked out by former boxing champion and 50 year old, Ray Mercer in just 9 seconds. He picked up wins over Jason Riley, the Worlds Strongest Man, Mariusz Pudzianowski, Paul Buentello and Vince Lucero before being knocked in just 32 seconds by “Ultimate Fighter” season ten fighter, Abe Wagner. He rebounded just a few weeks ago when he stopped relative unknown Patrick Barrentine on the regional circuit.

Kraniotakes is riding a three fight winning streak and has a 12-4 record overall. His biggest win to date came against UK heavyweight, Dave Keeley who he submitted in the very first round at Cage Warriors 43 back in July.

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