Patricky Freire
Pitbull

Brazil

Out
Injury Hand
Est. Return 6/17/2020
Avoids surgery
LightweightBellator
Out
January 3, 2020
Freire suffered a right hand fracture with additional injuries to his left shoulder and right leg during the RIZN 20 tournament, but should avoid surgery, Guilherme Cruz of mmafighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
A doctor's consultation revealed Pitbull would only need physical therapy and rest despite a confirmed broken hand, an injury he expects will keep him out until May. Freire entered the Grand Prix finale on a seven-fight win streak before dropping a unanimous decision loss to Tofiq Musayev.
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Headed overseas for LW tourney
LightweightBellator
Out
June 16, 2019
Freire will head to Japan with the permission of Bellator President Scott Coker to compete in the Rizin lightweight tournament that begins in late-2019, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The elder Pitbull brother last competed in Bellator in February, when he picked up a split-decision victory over Ryan Scope to extend his winning streak to five. While Freiere had likely been hoping for another shot at champion Michael Chandler, his brother beat him to the punch by defeating Chandler at Bellator 221, so Patricky will ultimately head to another promotion in search of a belt. These types of agreements are generally rare in MMA, but Coker opened the door at Bellator 222 when Kyoji Horiguchi came in from Rizin to face (and defeat) bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell. It seems like a win-win for both parties, as the brothers surely wouldn't fight one another, but Patricky will get a chance to compete for a belt anyway in what's turning into a cooperative, cross-promotional relationship.
Heads to enemy territory
LightweightBellator
Out
December 7, 2018
Freire will face Ryan Scope at the lightweight main event of Bellator Newcastle on Feb. 9.
ANALYSIS
The Brazil native will be considered the favorite against Scope after winning six of his last seven fights. Scope should have the crowd on his side, however, being a native of England, but this will be his Bellator debut.
Finishes brawl with Roger Huerta in the second round at Bellator 205
LightweightBellator
Out
September 21, 2018
Freire defeated Roger Huerta via TKO (punches) at 0:43 of Round 2 at Bellator 205 on Friday in Boise, Idaho.
ANALYSIS
This turned out to be quite the fight. "Pitbull" was a big favorite after Huerta took this fight on short notice. However, Huerta likely took the first round. Both fighters landed hard shots, and it looked like "Pitbull" was hurt at the end of the first round. The second round was another story. The Brazilian came forward with a three-punch combination. The first two missed, but the final left hook landed hard. Huerta was clearly hurt. He went for a desperation takedown, but Freire got back to his feet and unleashed another combination that finished the fight. "Pitbull" has now won four-straight fights in Bellator and will likely faced the winner of the upcoming Brent Primus vs. Michael Chandler title fight.
Tees off against Derek Campos and finishes in the first round at Bellator 194
LightweightBellator
Out
February 16, 2018
Freire defeated Derek Campos via TKO (punches) at 2:23 of Round 1 at Bellator 194 on Friday in Uncasville, Conn.
ANALYSIS
Freire came out patient. He waited to find his range. When he did, he dropped Campos with an overhead right. Campos appeared to bounce back to his feet and recover. However, "Pitbull" was ready and willing to send him back down with hard shots. Since falling in a title fight against Michael Chandler, Freire has bounced back with a three-fight winning streak. Before this win, he picked up back-to-back wins oner former Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson and former UFC champion Benson Henderson. Brent Primus is expected to defend his title against Chandler next. Freire might get a shot at the winner of that fight.
Recieves long medical suspension following Bellator 183
LightweightBellator
Out
September 28, 2017
Freire was given a 180-day medical suspension from the California State Athletic Commission following his Bellator 183 victory over Benson Henderson, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Freire beat a former UFC champion in Benson Henderson via split decision. The fight contained plenty of back-and-forth action but Freire was able to pick up one of the biggest victories in his career. He defended takedowns and worked well along the cage to gain the judges' favor. However, he suffered a possible right rib injury which has led to the CSAC medical suspension of 180 days, pending medical clearance. Henderson was also given a long medical suspension following the fight.