Former Bellator featherweight champion Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire has responded after suffering a first-round submission loss against AJ Mckee at Bellator 263.
Former Bellator two-division champion Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire lost his featherweight title against AJ Mckee in a highly anticipated bout. The pair faced each other in the finals of the Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix tournament.
The fight was action-packed as long as it lasted. After the one-minute mark hit the clock, AJ threw a head kicked which rocked Pitbull bad and he was hurt. AJ then landed some vicious finishing shots, but it wouldn’t help him as Pitbull is as tough as they come. So McKee grabbed Freire in a guillotine choke with both of them standing and squeezed until “Pitbull” appeared to go unconscious. At that point, Beltran stepped in and stopped the fight at 1 minute, 57 seconds of the first, and Mckee became the Bellator featherweight champion in front of his hometown crowd.
Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire reacts to his loss
After losing his Featherweight title Pitbull seemed to be angry in the beginning as he did not agree with the stoppage but after seeing the replay he seemed to be ok with that close stoppage. He wasn’t shying away from praising his opponent and stated that AJ Mckee was the better fighter that night.
“I watched the fight. I knew I wasn’t asleep, but I saw my hands [start to drop],” Freire said. “I was standing, but that’s it. A fighter wants to fight until the end. That’s my mind.”
“On this night, he was great,” Freire said Saturday night in his post-fight press conference. “He kicked my head and he almost knocked me out and he almost finished me on the same night, so he was good. Congratulations. Now he’s the champion.”
Patricio and his coach while talking to the media at the post-fight conference showed their interest in the rematch, but they want the fight to take place in Brazil.
“If we do something like that, this time I’d like it to be in Brazil,” said Freire’s head coach Eric Albarracin. “This guy’s been here for 10 years, double champ-champ, the winningest fighter in Bellator history, most title defenses. Why are we fighting in Los Angeles? He’s the champ-champ. We’re fighting in the challenger’s hometown? Great, he won, give it all to him — he slept in his bed, his dad’s a legend here, born and raised here, he’s born and raised here, 99 percent of the fans cheering for A.J., we’re in his house. Yet [Freire] is double champ-champ? Great, he won. Let’s do it in Brazil next. For one time, bring it to Brazil for the champ.
“Sixteen games in the NFL are played to get a home field advantage, 180 in baseball,” Albarracin continued. “He’s the world champ-champ. You ask a warrior, ‘Hey, where you want to fight?’ They say anywhere, any time. But obviously not in the home town of the challenger, giving him all the advantages — the youth, the range, the reach, and then throw all the home field advantage, where he’s sleeping and training in his own gym. We traveled 36 hours to get here. Let’s switch it up one time.”
“That’s why he’s my coach,” Freire said. “I need someone like him. He’s right, I agree.”
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