Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire Reveals He’s Relinquished His Lightweight Belt So That His Brother Can Have His Shot

Published 10/07/2021, 6:00 AM EDT


Bellator MMA veteran Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire took to social media and revealed that he will be relinquishing his lightweight title. ‘Pitbull’ announced that he is keen to see his brother, Patricky ‘Pitbull’ pick up the reigns as the champion of the division.

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Number one ranked Patricky ‘Pitbull’ will take on number 4 ranked Peter Queally for the vacant world championship at Bellator 270. The fight is placed as the headliner on the card and goes down in Dublin, Ireland on November 5. The aforementioned fight is a rematch and the stakes have been raised significantly since the last time both men met.

 

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Patricio ‘Pitbull’: Honor and Family

Patricio Freire took to Instagram and penned down his reasoning for vacating his lightweight strap to make way for his brother. Patricio ‘Pitbull’ was recently defeated by A.J. McKee and he lost his featherweight title in the Grand Prix. He is now on target to face McKee in a rematch and he wants to make that his singular focus.

Moreover, the Pitbull brothers will never compete against each other and he believes it’s time to make way for his brother. Patricio Freire has his work cut out for him at featherweight and it will be an uphill climb to the top. ‘The Mercenary’ has looked like an absolute assassin at featherweight and he’s given trouble to the very best.

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Their fight in the featherweight Grand Prix Final was surprising, by all accounts. A.J. McKee swarmed Patricio ‘Pitbull’ with lethal strikes and immediately sought out the neck when ‘Pitbull’ was dazed against the cage. Not only did the former champion lose his belt, but he also lost out on the $1 Million check that went to his opponent.

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There’s a lot on the line for Patricio ‘Pitbull’ and it’s understandable that he wants to focus solely on his upcoming rematch. His move up to lightweight was to settle a score with former champion Michael Chandler and he certainly managed to do that.

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Now, with that score settled, he needs to run it back against the undefeated ace in McKee. Furthermore, he could potentially shift his focus towards facing UFC featherweight champ, Alexander Volkanovski.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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