Friday, 01/24/2014, 05:09 pm

Freire Issues Statement On His Disgust For Bellator’s Matchmaking

“Never in my entire career have I felt so disrespected and disappointed. @BellatorMMA announces their tournament brackets and in all of them they only have the champion, on the Featherweight one they have @PatCurranMMA as well. I don’t have anything against Curran himself, what I don’t like is the clear way he’s being favored. I have all the desire in the world to fight and beat him again, not letting it to the judges this time. The issue is not this one. It’s how the entire division is overlooked because of him. What is fair is fair, the only ones who can fight for Bellator’s Featherweight belt are me and Frodo, if Frodo can’t, then it’s me. But the disrespect now goes beyond just the Featherweight division. Why is @kongo4real not there? Why is @MikeChandlerMMA not there? @PhenomLima and @RickHawnMMA will define the champion, I get that. But why is Curran worth of being on the image and the other challengers aren’t? And why do you have it like the tournament winner will fight the winner of @DanielStraus vs Curran? There is a line and it’s being ignored. And what about your champion? Daniel Straus deserves respect. I miss the time when Bellator’s “title shots are earned, not given” were true. Also I miss the time when champions were respected. I want to be respected when I am champion and I think Daniel Straus should get respect for what he achieved. How can I be motivated to fight if I know the people I fight for and I have defended all these years want me to lose? How would you feel if you were me?”

– Via Patricio Freire’s official Twitter.

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4 Responses to “Freire Issues Statement On His Disgust For Bellator’s Matchmaking”

  1. Scotty says:

    He’s right, Bellator wants to compete with the UFC so bad, they are going against what they used to stand for when it came to “you have to earn a title shot” Alvarez got a title shot without even entering the tournament cause of the lawsuit and now they are having a rubber match so Bellator can possibly have a decent PPV.. Now Curran gets to skip the tournament cause Bellator is hoping he comes champ again cause he can be marketed better as a champion.. Im surprised Ramage didnt get a title shot right away or after he beat Beltran.. Bellator either needs remove the tourny style or keep it like it always been in the past, imo..

  2. Xaninho says:

    I don’t know what’s in their contracts, but if it says that the fighter who wins the tournament gets a titleshot then it’s a breach of contract which leaves Pitbul free to tear it up and go elsewhere.

  3. Gargoyle Wrestling says:

    There is no way that Viacom/Bellator have anything in their contract that would limit the Corp from doing whatever the fuck they want to do. They could set-up fights any way they want to, it’s THEIR format NOT the fighters.

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