Patricio Freire



Avenges loss, regains belt
April 18, 2022
Freire defeated A.J. McKee via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47) at Bellator 277 on Friday in San Jose to regain his Bellator Featherweight Championship.
Pitbull was able to avenge a first-round loss to McKee from last July in which he ate a head kick early that opened the door for McKee to rush in for the fight-sealing choke. This time around, Freire took a more patient approach despite McKee's attempts to bait him into a firefight. While the fight was very close, Freire appeared to potentially bank the first three rounds, which was enough to hold off McKee's late advantages as the two were tiring. Despite McKee calling for a rematch at lightweight after the show, it seems Freire is content to stay in the featherweight division.
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Drops belt in grand prix loss
August 1, 2021
Freire lost to A.J. McKee via technical submission (guillotine choke) at 1:57 of Round 1 at Bellator 263 on Saturday at The Forum in Los Angeles.
After a brief feeling out process to begin the fight, Pitbull took a vicious shin to the head that was the beginning of the end. McKee followed up with a combination that included a devastating uppercut that floored Pitbull. McKee started to celebrate, but referee Mike Beltran hadn't officially called off the proceedings yet. Pitbull was too wobbled to take advantage of the lapse in judgement, and McKee quickly clamped on a guillotine. Pitbull didn't tap, but Beltran finally called off the fight after his arm went limp. This will represent Pitbull's first pro loss since 2016, and it will cost him both his featherweight belt and a $1 million check.
Retains belt, advances in Grand Prix
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.
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.
Headed for Grand Prix Final
December 21, 2020
Freire defeated Pedro Carvalho via KO (punch) at Bellator 252 on Nov. 12 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.
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
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.
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
May 12, 2019
Freire defeated Michael Chandler via TKO (punches) to gain the lightweight Championship at Bellator 221 on Saturday in Rosemont, Illinois.
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.