Bellator’s Patricio Freire Calls For Fight With Alexander Volkanovski

Freire VolkanovskiBellator featherweight and lightweight champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire wants to test his abilities against Alexander Volkanovski. Volkanovski defended his featherweight title against Max Holloway at UFC 251 this past weekend after earning a controversial split decision verdict. Despite many observers thinking Holloway had done enough, two of the three judges saw it different as Volkanovski […]

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Bellator featherweight and lightweight champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire wants to test his abilities against Alexander Volkanovski.

Volkanovski defended his featherweight title against Max Holloway at UFC 251 this past weekend after earning a controversial split decision verdict.

Despite many observers thinking Holloway had done enough, two of the three judges saw it different as Volkanovski now holds two wins over the Hawaiian. The question now turns to who he should face next.

There are a number of contenders waiting in line all looking to get the next shot. Former bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo has also spoken of coming out of retirement to face him next.

There’s even a non-UFC fighter looking to fight Volkanovski in Freire, who proposed the matchup on Sunday to Dana White as well as Bellator president Scott Coker.

“Let’s make MMA better. @BellatorMMA vs @ufc. Me vs @alexvolkanovski. I heard you’re a betting man @danawhite, let’s bet. Let’s go @ScottCoker”

Freire Wants To Prove He’s The Best

It’s not the first time Freire has challenged a UFC champion.

He did the same when Holloway was champion as he believed last year he had what it took to defeat him. He will likely fancy his chances even more against a more similar-sized Volkanovski.

That said, the chances of any cross promotional fight taking place is highly unlikely for the considerable future. So all we can do is speculate for now.

How do you see Volkanovski vs. Freire going?

Josh Thomson: Patricio Pitbull Could Defeat Khabib Nurmagomedov

Nurmagomedov FreireJosh Thomson believes if anyone has a chance of stopping Khabib Nurmagomedov in the lightweight division, it’s Bellator’s Patricio “Pitbull” Freire. Nurmagomedov is the current undefeated UFC lightweight champion who is yet to meet his match so far. Many believe Tony Ferguson is the man to inflict defeat on “The Eagle” but we are yet […]

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Josh Thomson believes if anyone has a chance of stopping Khabib Nurmagomedov in the lightweight division, it’s Bellator’s Patricio “Pitbull” Freire.

Nurmagomedov is the current undefeated UFC lightweight champion who is yet to meet his match so far. Many believe Tony Ferguson is the man to inflict defeat on “The Eagle” but we are yet to see that fight come to fruition after five attempts.

Even if it does happen later this year, Nurmagomedov’s former teammate Thomson doesn’t see Ferguson or anybody else defeating him.

He does, however, believe Bellator two-weight champion Freire has a chance.

“I really don’t see anyone in the 155lb division,” Thomson told Metro.co.uk. “The only one I’d bring up is Patricio Pitbull and that’s only because he’s so small. He’s short. Patricio has got the power and speed to get in. Khabib has a hard time with guys who are fast and we saw that with Michael Johnson.

“Johnson is also longer. Patricio is not a big guy and he is physically strong. Khabib had a hard time getting shots on Al Iaquinta because he sat with a very low stance. ‘He has good wrestling and take down defence, Khabib had a hard time getting in at him because he was so short. Patricio is shorter than him, he’s physically strong. He’s got speed and power. When [Patricio] fought Benson Henderson and Michael Chandler, [we saw] he knows how to fight bigger guys. Speed will always play a factor. I would still lean towards Khabib a lot.”

Although Freire did win the Bellator lightweight title by knocking out the bigger Chandler, it remains to be seen if he would be able to do the same to Nurmagomedov.

It should also be noted that Thomson is contracted to Bellator so there is definitely some bias here.

Regardless, what do you make of Thomson’s comments? Do you think “Pitbull” has a chance against Nurmagomedov?

Pedro Carvalho Sees Good Luck at Friday the 13th Bellator 241 (Interview)

For Pedro Carvalho, Friday the 13th doesn’t symbolize anything remotely bad like it does for a lot of people. While that day and number comes with it’s own superstition, there are those that believe the number 13 is lucky. Carvalho is one o…

For Pedro Carvalho, Friday the 13th doesn’t symbolize anything remotely bad like it does for a lot of people. While that day and number comes with it’s own superstition, there are those that believe the number 13 is lucky. Carvalho is one of those people.  At least, that’s what he told MMANews earlier in the […]

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Patricio Freire Speaks On SBG Ireland Beef & Bellator 241 Title Defense (Interview)

Patricio Freire is ready to go into battle for the 35th time in his pro MMA career. Freire is set to put his Bellator featherweight gold on the line against Pedro Carvalho this Friday night (March 13). The title bout will also serve as a quarterfinal m…

Patricio Freire is ready to go into battle for the 35th time in his pro MMA career. Freire is set to put his Bellator featherweight gold on the line against Pedro Carvalho this Friday night (March 13). The title bout will also serve as a quarterfinal match in the Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix. The […]

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Bellator Spring & Summer 2020 Showcase Live Stream Today (March 9)

Bellator is ready to roll out a live stream of their media-only press event showcasing key matchups this spring and summer. Today (March 9), the Bellator Spring & Summer 2020 Showcase will be streamed live. The press event will begin at 12 p.m. ET….

Bellator is ready to roll out a live stream of their media-only press event showcasing key matchups this spring and summer. Today (March 9), the Bellator Spring & Summer 2020 Showcase will be streamed live. The press event will begin at 12 p.m. ET. A slew of fighters on the Bellator roster including champions and […]

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Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire vs. Pedro Carvalho Headlines Bellator 241

Patricio “Pitbull” Freire is set to defend his Bellator featherweight gold against Pedro Carvalho on March 13. We’re right in the thick of the Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix. In the opening round, Freire earned a unanimous de…

Patricio “Pitbull” Freire is set to defend his Bellator featherweight gold against Pedro Carvalho on March 13. We’re right in the thick of the Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix. In the opening round, Freire earned a unanimous decision victory over Juan Archuleta. Meanwhile, Carvalho scored a submission win over Sam Sicilia to advance in the […]

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