Patricio “Pitbull” Freire News


A.J. McKee sends message to Patricio Pitbull: "Let me get in there and whip your ass for this 145 pound belt"

Cole Shelton - May 11, 2020

A.J. McKee is not a fan of Patricio Pitbull. McKee and Pitbull are currently competing in the featherweight grand prix, where the undefeated contender in McKee predicts they will meet in the finals. Once there, McKee is confident he will not only beat the Brazilian, but finish him badly.

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Patricio Pitbull trashes UFC for continuing with events during coronavirus pandemic: "It seems inhuman"

Adam Martin - April 22, 2020

Bellator featherweight and lightweight champion Patricio Pitbull trashed the UFC for continuing to try and hold events during the coronavirus pandemic. UFC president Dana White has been adamant for the last month that the UFC show would go on despite the coronavirus pandemic essentially shutting down all major sports leagues across the world. White tried his best for UFC 249 to take place on April 18 on Indian reservation land in California, but the event was ultimately postponed. The plan is now to hold UFC 249 on May 9 in Florida, and Pitbull doesn’t agree with it.

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Patricio Freire says he'll be 'the greatest featherweight of all-time' with Bellator grand prix win

Cole Shelton - March 9, 2020

Patricio Freire believes he can cement his legacy during the Bellator featherweight grand prix. “Pitbull” already defeated Juan Archuleta in the opening round and will now take on Pedro Carvalho on Friday in the quarter-finals. It is a fight the Brazilian picked during the selection show but says he did it because of the date, not because of the opponent.

Patricky Freire, Patricio Freire, SBG Ireland
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VIDEO | SBG Ireland fighters, Pitbull brothers have confrontation at Bellator press conference

Tom Taylor - March 9, 2020

On Monday, Bellator MMA held a press conference featuring a host of the stars of its upcoming shows — including the “Pitbull” brothers Patricio and Patricky Freire and several fighters from the famed SBG Ireland camp, such as James Gallagher, Pedro Carvalho and Peter Queally. Things nearly got physical between these two groups at the culmination of this press conference.

Darrion Caldwell, Patricio Freire
Darrion Caldwell

VIDEO | Darrion Caldwell caldwell confronts Patricio Freire backstage at Bellator 228

Cole Shelton - October 3, 2019

Darrion Caldwell was not happy that Patricio Freire did not pick him to fight in the Selection Show following Bellator 228. Instead, the featherweight champion decided to fight Pedro Carvalho, leaving Caldwell matched up with Adam Borics on the other side of the bracket. Following the event, Darrion Caldwell went to Patricio Freire’s locker room and confronted the champ about not picking him. The entire encounter was caught by Bellator.

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Bellator 228 salaries: Patricio 'Pitbull' leads the way

Tom Taylor - September 30, 2019

On Saturday night, Bellator MMA returned to our screens with stacked Bellator 228 card. The salaries for this action-packed card, which was highlighted by four Featherweight World Grand Prix quarterfinal bouts and a middleweight rematch between Lyoto Machida and Gegard Mousasi, have now been revealed.

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Scott Coker says he hoped Patricio "Pitbull" Freire picked another opponent in grand prix

Adam D Martin - September 29, 2019

Bellator president Scott Coker was asked what he thought about the Bellator featherweight world grand prix quarterfinals matchups, and he said that while he liked the matchups, he was hoping at least one of them was different. The fighters drew numbers and picked their matchups, with champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire having the final say during the selection show at Saturday night’s Bellator 228 event. The champ could have picked anyone he wanted to fight, including top prospect AJ McKee or his rival Darrion Caldwell. Instead, he chose little known Pedro Carvalho, a decision which raised eyebrows by fans who wanted the champ to take on a bigger name.

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Bellator featherweight world grand prix quarterfinals set

Adam D Martin - September 29, 2019

The Bellator featherweight world grand prix quarterfinals have officially been set following the promotion’s selection show at Bellator 228, where champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire had the final say. Check out the bracket below, courtesy of Bellator president Scott Coker’s Twitter.

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Patricio 'Pitbull' is confident he could knockout Khabib Nurmagomedov

Cole Shelton - September 11, 2019

Khabib Nurmagomedov is 28-0 and has only lost one round in his entire MMA career. Yet, Bellator featherweight and lightweight champion, Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire believes he can be the one to hand the Russian his first loss. Although they are in two different promotions, Freire hopes he can get the chance as he knows he wouldn’t just beat Nurmagomedov, but knock him out.

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Patricio Freire explains why he's 'absolutely certain' he'd beat Max Holloway

Tom Taylor - May 27, 2019

Patricio Freire now owns the Bellator featherweight and lightweight titles. In accomplishing this historic feat, he solidified his rep as one of the sport’s greatest fighters, regardless of promotion. Given Freire’s status as one of the best fighters on earth, many fans have wondered how he might fair in the UFC, namely against UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway.

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Patricio Freire welcomes super fights with UFC champions

Adam Martin - May 16, 2019

Patricio Freire joined the shortlist of double champions in a major MMA organization last weekend when he knocked out Michael Chandler in the first round of the main event of Bellator 221 to win the promotion’s lightweight title. “Pitbull” was already the Bellator featherweight champion, making him the promotion’s second current dual champion alongside Ryan Bader, who is the Bellator heavyweight and light heavyweight champion. But Pitbull doesn’t just have his sights set on the titles Bellator has to offer. Now, he wants to go after the UFC’s champions as well.

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The biggest winners from Bellator 221

Mike Straus - May 13, 2019

Bellator 221 from Rosemont, Illinois was a night filled with fireworks for the Viacom owned mixed martial arts promotion. It’s fair to say that Bellator 221 was one of the more anticipated cards of the year so far from the second largest North American MMA promotion. Whether you were tuning in to watch Michael Chandler defend his lightweight title against Patricio “Pitbull” Freire or you were looking forward to the matchup between Douglas Lima and Michael “Venom” Page, Bellator 221 was loaded with fun attractions.

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Bellator 221

Bellator 221 Results: Patricio Freire KO's Michael Chandler (VIDEO)

Chris Taylor - May 11, 2019

Lightweight champion Michael Chandler put his title on the line against bitter rival and current featherweight champion Patricio Freire in tonight’s Bellator 221 main event. Michael Chandler (19-4 MMA) reclaimed the Bellator lightweight title at December’s Bellator 212 event, this by defeating Brent Primus via unanimous decision. Chandler enters tonight’s headliner having won seven of his past eight fights, which includes a knockout win over Patricio’s brother Patricky.

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Patricio Pitbull says Michael Chandler didn't sign with UFC to avoid USADA, is 'doing same thing' as TJ Dillashaw

Drake Riggs - April 8, 2019

Bellator 221 is set to be a big one as the promotion heads to Chicago, Illinois on May 11 and is headlined by their second ever champion vs champion bout. Going at it will be the featherweight and lightweight champions, Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire and Michael Chandler. Both of which are two of the most accomplished fighters in Bellator history. Factually, they are the most accomplished in their respective divisions.

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Michael Chandler

Report | Patricio Freire to battle Michael Chandler in Bellator champ vs. champ fight

Tom Taylor - February 14, 2019

According to a report from ESPN, Bellator featherweight champion Patricio Freire will move up in weight to challenge lightweight champion Michael Chandler at Bellator 221 on May 11 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. The pair’s grudge match will reportedly be officially announced by the promotion in the coming days.

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Michael Chandler

Patricio Freire vows to kill Michael Chandler under the Bellator MMA banner this April

Chris Taylor - December 15, 2018

Patricio and Patricky Freire were not impressed by the performance of Michael Chandler at last night’s Bellator 212 event in Hawaii. Chandler handed Brent Primus his first career loss in last night’s headliner, thus reclaiming his Bellator lightweight world title.

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Bellator 145 Champ, Patricio Pitbull Calls Out 135 Champ, Darrion Caldwell for Bellator 198

Drake Riggs - March 9, 2018

It truly is the super fight season! And Bellator champs are starting to get that itch as well. First things first, the most notable super fight on the horizon is the light heavyweight and heavyweight clash of UFC champions, Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic. Then we have the super fight with some serious history on the line… March 24th, ONE: Iron Will is headlined by their longtime reigning bantamweight champion, Bibiano Fernandes as he tries to defend against the man looking to become a three-division champion… Yeah…that’s right, THREE. Fernandes defends against ONE’s first dual weight champion(recently they crowned a second) of the featherweight and lightweight divisions, Martin Nguyen.

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Bellator's Patricio "Pitbull" Freire gets fined for climbing cage: "We aren't allowed celebrate anymore?"

Tom Taylor - April 24, 2017

Though the UFC’s trip to Nashville dominated most of the MMA community’s focus over the weekend, Bellator MMA also made a Friday night return to our screens with a very exciting card in Bellator 178. In the Bellator 178 main event, former featherweight champ Patricio “Pitbull” Freire battled champ Daniel Straus for a whopping fourth time, this time winning with a second round guillotine to reclaim Bellator featherweight gold.