Patricio Freire
Pitbull

Brazil

Retains belt, advances in Grand Prix
FeatherweightBellator
April 7, 2021
Freire defeated Emmanuel Sanchez via technical submission (guillotine choke) at 3:35 of Round 1 at Bellator 255 on April 2 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Conncecticut.
ANALYSIS
These two faced off back in November of 2018, when Freire won via unanimous decision. This time around, Sanchez didn't even make it more than a few minutes. Pitbull found a home for a right hook early than caused Sanchez to stagger, and he proceeded to cash in on the opportunity by jumping up for a guillotine and taking Sanchez down to the mat with him. Sanchez refused to tap and went to sleep instead before referee Todd Anderson stepped in to call off the proceedings. Freire will now advance to the finals of the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix, where he'll take on a A.J. McKee at a yet-to-be-determined date and location with $1,000,000 on the line.
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Headed for Grand Prix Final
FeatherweightBellator
December 21, 2020
Freire defeated Pedro Carvalho via KO (punch) at Bellator 252 on Nov. 12 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.
ANALYSIS
Freire moved past the first round of the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix with a unanimous decision victory over Juan Archuleta all the way back in September of 2019. The tournament picked up where it left off after Bellator took a break due to the global pandemic, but Freire showed no signs of rust. He was content to let Carvalho bring the action to him, and despite being at roughly a five-inch reach disadvantage, he was able to consistently sting Carvalho with sharp counters. After back-to-back knockdowns, referee Mike Beltran called an end to the proceedings. Freire will now face A.J. McKee, who submitted Darrion Caldwell via neck crank on the other side of the bracket in November. A date for this fight has not been set yet.
Defends title and advances
FeatherweightBellator
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.
Becomes Bellator's second two-division champion
FeatherweightBellator
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
FeatherweightBellator
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
FeatherweightBellator
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.