Patricio Freire
Pitbull

Brazil

Defends title and advances
LightweightBellator
September 30, 2019
Freire defeated Juan Archuleta via unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 49-46) at Bellator 228 on Saturday at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
ANALYSIS
Freire defended his featherweight title and also earned the right to select his opponent in the upcoming featherweight world grand prix, which kicks off in December. He'll now draw Pedro Calvalho in a bout tentatively scheduled for March of 2020, with the winner set to take on whoever comes out on top in a February matchup between Daniel Weichel and Emmanual Sanchez. Freire certainly made a statement in the opening round, however, showing the world why he's a two-division champion. He threatened with submissions early and was perhaps most dominant in the third round, where he recorded a knockdown that was followed up with ground-and-pound that opened up a big cut on Archuleta. He was ultimately able to withstand late charges and hang on for his fifth consecutive victory. There's some big names in the upcoming tournament, but it's fair to say Freire is the early favorite.
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Becomes Bellator's second two-division champion
LightweightBellator
May 12, 2019
Freire defeated Michael Chandler via TKO (punches) to gain the lightweight Championship at Bellator 221 on Saturday in Rosemont, Illinois.
ANALYSIS
Freire will is now the champion in both the featherweight and lightweight division, joining Ryan Bader (light heavyweight and heavyweight) in the exclusive club of two-division Bellator champions. This win didn't come without its fair share of controversy, however. Freire caught Chandler early with a right hand that landed behind his ear and dropped him. Pitbull then followed up with some ground-and-pound that appeared to have Chandler in danger, and right as referee Rob Madrigal jumped in to stop the fight, Chandler immediately popped back up like nothing had happened. The controversy, mixed with the bad blood between the two, might be just enough to warrant a rematch. Freire, however, seems to have his sights set on a higher-profile financial engagement, and nobody can blame him for trying to capitalize off this history-making performance.
Shows championship pedigree in title defense over Emmanuel Sanchez in the main event of Bellator 209
LightweightBellator
November 16, 2018
Freire defeated Emmanuel Sanchez via majority decision (48-46, 48-47, 48-47) at Bellator 209 on Thursday in Tel Aviv, Israel.
ANALYSIS
This fight turned into the type of war that fans expect from both fighters. "Pitbull" caught some power strikes in the first round, but he survived and took over. He used his footwork to cut angles on the outside and score. He was able to take a decision over Sanchez. However, Sanchez never stopped coming. He continually moved forward and brought the fight to the champion. Freire was up to the challenge, and the resulting encounter was an entertaining fight that certainly sent the fans home happy. Freire has solidified himself once again as one of the best featherweights walking the planet. For the most part, he has cleared out the division in Bellator, but bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell might be an interesting challenge.
Retains Bellator featherweight title
LightweightBellator
July 20, 2018
Freire successfully defended his featherweight title with a win over Daniel Weichel via split decision (49-46, 47-48, 48-47) at Bellator 203 on July 14 in Rome.
ANALYSIS
Freire took the title from Daniel Straus in April of 2017, but had since suffered both a broken leg and knee injury that rendered him unable to defend it. He finally got that chance Saturday in a relatively close fight where he conceded height and reach advantages. The "split decision" aspect was likely due to one of the judges thinking Freire lost a lackluster first round, but it was Freire that appeared to be the more active and precise fighter in the championship rounds. The win improved Freire to a record of 27-4 as a professional.
Re-booked for Weichel fight
LightweightBellator
April 30, 2018
Freire will take on Daniel Weichel in a featherweight matchup at the promotion's July 14 event in Rome, ESPN's Brett Okamoto reports.
ANALYSIS
Freire hasn't fought in over a full calendar year, as his original matchup against Weichel at Bellator 188 was postponed after "Pitbull" suffered a knee injury. Now 30 years old, Freire is 2-2 in his last four Bellator fights, and will face an opponent that has won his last four bouts. The two have faced off before, back in June 2015, and Freire emerged victorious via second-round KO (punch). Look for "PItbull" to enter as a betting favorite as he attempts to get back into the title conversation.
Pulls out of Bellator 188 with knee injury
LightweightBellator
November 12, 2017
Freire will no longer fight Daniel Wichel at Bellator 188 due to a knee injury, MMAfighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Feire indicated he's actually dealing with a few different injuries, but the knee was most notable and the reason he'll be unable to defend his belt against Wichel on Nov. 16. He's expected to take the next 30 days off entirely before resuming training again, but Freire did indicate he plans to reschedule the fight against Weichel in February at the latest, so an eventual matchup between the two should eventually take place.