Bellator Featherweight Champion Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire will be defending his championship at Bellator 138, however he will only be co-headlining along with Daniel Weichel. Kimbo Slice and Ken Shamrock’s rivalry will be getting the top-bill on the card as executives believe it will be drawing more eyes to the product.
“I see two signs here: One is negative, and one is positive,” Freire told MMAJunkie. “The negative one is that I’m the champion, and I think if you have a title fight on a card, the main event should always be the fight for the belt. I think if you have a champion, he needs to be respected.”
Freire’s last outing in the cage was against Daniel Strauss at Bellator 132 where he headlined the card. Freire is currently riding a six fight win streak with his biggest coming by way of unanimous decision when he defeated Pat Curran.
The champion does, however, see a benefit of having Slice and Shamrock main-event the card. “The positive side is the position this organization is in right now, they’re trying to create a new image for the brand and make is visible for the casual fans,” Freire said. “Shamrock and ‘Kimbo’ bring that. I realize that side of the promotion, and I understand it.”
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