Patricio Freire became the second Bellator fighter to simultaneously hold titles in two weight division as he knocked out Michael Candler in the first round to win the Bellator lightweight championship at Bellator 221 which took place earlier this month.
31-year old Patricio who is the featherweight champion was moving up in the weight class to challenge Chandler for the lightweight title. He became the second fighter after Ryan Bader to hold titles in two different weight classes in Bellator.
Now the newly crowned double champ wants a new challenge and he recently said that he would beat UFC featherweight champion, Max Holloway, easily.
“I’d beat him,” Freire said. “That’s a fact. Like I was certain I’d beat Michael Chandler, I am absolutely certain I’d beat Max Holloway.”
“For me, he’s the same Max Holloway who fought Conor McGregor – and who lost to Conor McGregor,” Freire said. “For me, he’s that same guy, he hasn’t changed much. However, he’s very well-rounded. He’s very tall, and he utilizes his reach very well. And his boxing is very sharp. So, fighters haven’t been able to match him technically. He knocked Jose Aldo out twice with pure boxing. Speaking as a boxer, he managed to paralyze Aldo with that.
“Jose Aldo has always been, for a long time, very fast and very strong, so he was able to have a medium technique – not excellent, but good – and managed to stop the other guys for a long time due to his speed and strength, mixed with the technique. Max Holloway, he isn’t a strong guy, but he’s a durable guy, with above-average technique.
“That’s why he’s able to dominate. As soon as he meets someone who matches his technique and who has the durability to hold him off until the end, he’s going to have a problem. And I have power, strength, endurance. I have everything that he doesn’t want.” (H/T – MMA Junkie)
Hollway was on a 13-fight winning streak before he fell short against Dustin Poirier last month. Who do you think wins this hypothetical fight?