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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Bellator Double Champ Patricio Freire Unloads On ‘Shitty’ Conor McGregor

It’s fair to say that Bellator double champion Patricio Freire isn’t a fan of Conor McGregor. Tuesday marked the three-year anniversary of UFC 205 where McGregor made history by becoming first-ever two-weight champion in promotional history following his TKO win over Eddie Alvarez. To celebrate the occasion, the Irishman dubbed November 12 as “World Champ […]

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It’s fair to say that Bellator double champion Patricio Freire isn’t a fan of Conor McGregor.

Tuesday marked the three-year anniversary of UFC 205 where McGregor made history by becoming first-ever two-weight champion in promotional history following his TKO win over Eddie Alvarez.

To celebrate the occasion, the Irishman dubbed November 12 as “World Champ Champ day” and went on to promote it further on his Instagram.

However, another champ champ in Bellator featherweight and lightweight title-holder Freire wasn’t too pleased by the comment as he responded later in the day:

“Says the sh*tty champ champ who didn’t have the balls to defend either title after years of criticizing fighters for not doing so, then made an embarrassment of himself and the sport every day since,” Pitbull wrote on Twitter.

Of course, everything “Pitbull” said is virtually true.

McGregor won the featherweight title in December 2015 before getting stripped of it in November the following year. He won the lightweight title in November 2016 but was stripped in April 2018 with not a single title defense.

And ever since last year, the Irishman has been in the headlines repeatedly for all the wrong reasons.

Hopefully, things come to an end and McGregor becomes an active fighter when he plans to return in January.

What do you think of Freire’s remarks towards McGregor?

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Darrion Caldwell Confronts Patricio Freire Backstage After Bellator 228 (Video)

Darrion Caldwell made sure to let Patricio Freire know what he thought of him choosing to fight another opponent. Following Bellator 228 this past weekend, there was a selection show that took place to determine the next bouts in the featherweight grand prix. Caldwell initially chose to face Freire, having talked trash to him following […]

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Darrion Caldwell made sure to let Patricio Freire know what he thought of him choosing to fight another opponent.

Following Bellator 228 this past weekend, there was a selection show that took place to determine the next bouts in the featherweight grand prix. Caldwell initially chose to face Freire, having talked trash to him following the latter’s win over Juan Archuleta that night.

However, Caldwell was then picked by Pedro Carvalho while “Pitbull” was later matched with Adam Borics. However, despite having the champion’s choice to override any previous decision and potentially face Caldwell, Freire chose to face Carvalho. Caldwell, meanwhile, will face Borics instead.

“The Wolf” later claimed Freire was ducking him and footage released by Bellator on Tuesday shows him confronting the two-weight champion backstage.

You can watch it below:

“I actually think it played out exactly how I thought it would, where Patricio would back out of a tough fight against me, myself, A.J. (McKee), and Borics,” Caldwell said in the video (via MMA Junkie). “He doesn’t want to fight us three. These are the three fights he’s shying away from. I think he was strategic. I’m going to show up every night and make it happen.”

The pair can still compete against each other in the grand prix — that is, provided they win their next two fights.

What do you think of the footage?

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Bellator 228 Salaries: Patricio Freire Leads The Way

The Bellator 228 salaries have been released from this past weekend’s event in Inglewood, California. In the main event of the night, Gegard Mousasi topped Lyoto Machida in middleweight action. Also, Patricio Freire retained his featherweight championship in the opening round of the 145-pound Grand Prix tournament. He bested Juan Archuleta after five rounds of […]

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The Bellator 228 salaries have been released from this past weekend’s event in Inglewood, California.

In the main event of the night, Gegard Mousasi topped Lyoto Machida in middleweight action. Also, Patricio Freire retained his featherweight championship in the opening round of the 145-pound Grand Prix tournament. He bested Juan Archuleta after five rounds of fighting.

You can check out the full Bellator 228 salaries below via MMA Fighting.

Bellator 228 Salaries

Main Card

  • Gegard Mousasi ($150,000 + no win bonus = $150,000) def. Lyoto Machida ($150,000)
  • Patricio Freire ($200,000 + no win bonus = $200,000) def. Juan Archuleta ($75,000)
  • A.J. McKee ($50,000 + no win bonus = $50,000) def. Georgi Karakhanyan ($30,000)
  • Darrion Caldwell ($125,000 + no win bonus = $125,000) def. Henry Corrales ($30,000)
  • Daniel Weichel ($40,000 + $40,000 win bonus = $80,000) def. Saul Rogers ($20,000)

Prelims

  • A.J. Agazarm ($14,000 + $14,000 win bonus = $28,000) def. Jonathan Quiroz ($2,000)
  • Ava Knight ($10,000 + $10,000 win bonus = $20,000) def. Shannon Goughary ($3,000)
  • Antonio McKee ($25,000 + no win bonus = $25,000) def. William Sriyapai ($5,000)
  • Johnny Cisneros ($4,000 + $4,000 win bonus = $8,000) def. Mike Jasper ($10,000)
  • Leandro Higo ($14,000 + $14,000 win bonus = $28,000) def. Shawn Bunch ($13,000)
  • Weber Almeida ($6,000 + $6,000 win bonus = $12,000) def. Castle Williams ($2,000)
  • James Barnes ($2,250 + $2,250 win bonus = $4,500) def. David Duran ($2,250)
  • Joshua Jones ($2,000 + $2,000 win bonus = $4,000) def. Dominic Clark ($2,000)
  • Adrian Najera ($1,200 + $1,200 win bonus = $2,400) def. Jason Edwards ($1,200)
  • Benji Gomez ($1,500 + $1,500 win bonus = $3,000) def. Jonathan Santa Maria ($2,000)
  • Ozzy Diaz ($1,500 + $1,500 win bonus = $3,000) def. Andre Walker ($1,500)
  • Ian Butler ($1,500 + $1,500 win bonus = $3,000) def. Emilio Williams ($1,200)

What do you make of the Bellator 228 salaries?

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Scott Coker Thought Patricio Freire Would Fight Darrion Caldwell

Bellator’s featherweight grand prix continued this past weekend. However, a choice in the selection show afterward left Scott Coker a bit puzzled. Bellator 228 on Saturday saw champion Patricio Freire, AJ McKee, Darrion Caldwell and Daniel Weichel advance to the quarterfinals. After Freire’s win over Juan Archuleta, there was a selection show that took place. […]

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Bellator’s featherweight grand prix continued this past weekend. However, a choice in the selection show afterward left Scott Coker a bit puzzled.

Bellator 228 on Saturday saw champion Patricio Freire, AJ McKee, Darrion Caldwell and Daniel Weichel advance to the quarterfinals. After Freire’s win over Juan Archuleta, there was a selection show that took place.

Seven of the remaining featherweights chose lots to determine who could pick their next opponent and fight date. Caldwell chose to fight in March and called out Freire. Pedro Carvalho later chose to face Caldwell in March.

However, being the champion, Freire had the “champ’s choice” to override any previous decision and pick who he wanted. Rather than respond to Caldwell’s callout, he opted to face Carvalho in March. Coker, meanwhile, was hoping “Pitbull” faced Caldwell.

“For me personally, I think that there’s some fighters that I thought were interesting, but I was hoping for a different fight at the very end,” Coker said in the post-event press conference (via MMA Fighting). “But I think he [Pitbull] picked who he wanted to fight and he’s the champ and he gets to do what he wants to do. But I tell ya, there’s some fights that I really look forward to in that tournament, so I think we’re going to have a great, great tournament on our hands.”

As for why Coker wanted that fight, it would have simply been more intriguing, especially with Caldwell’s trash talk of Freire:

“My only thought was I thought when ‘Pitbull’ had the shot, I thought he was going to fight DC [Caldwell],” Coker added. “I thought he wanted him really bad. But you know, it went the other way, so now we have some interesting fights on both sides and if you keep winning, you’ll fight each other anyway at the end, so it’s going to be fine.”

The selection show as a whole was a new concept and one Coker thought was a success overall:

“I liked it,” Coker said. “I thought it was great. It’s something that I’ll go back and look at the footage and talk to the guys but honestly I think it was a fun way to present the tournament and pick the tournament. It was a random draw but there was a little twist at the end so I liked it and we’ll see what happens.

What did you think of the selection show? And Pitbull choosing Carvalho rather than Caldwell?

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Bellator 228 Results: Patricio Freire vs. Juan Archuleta

Tonight (Sat. September 28, 2019) Bellator 228 goes down from The Forum in Inglewood, California. In the main event of the night, Patricio Freire puts his Bellator featherweight title up for grabs in the first round of the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix tournament. Also, in the co-main event, Lyoto Machida meets Gegard Mousasi at middleweight. […]

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Tonight (Sat. September 28, 2019) Bellator 228 goes down from The Forum in Inglewood, California.

In the main event of the night, Patricio Freire puts his Bellator featherweight title up for grabs in the first round of the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix tournament. Also, in the co-main event, Lyoto Machida meets Gegard Mousasi at middleweight. A plethora of other great featherweight bouts will take place on the main card as well.

LowKickMMA will be providing you with Bellator 228 results throughout the night as the card progresses live on DAZN. Check out the Bellator 228 results below.

Bellator 228 Results

Main Card:

  • Featherweight: (C) Patricio Freire vs. Juan Archuleta
  • Middleweight: Lyoto Machida vs. Gegard Mousasi
  • Featherweight: Darrion Caldwell vs. Henry Corrales
  • Featherweight: Saul Rogers vs. Daniel Weichel
  • Featherweight: Georgi Karakhanyan vs. A.J. McKee

Prelims:

  • Bantamweight: Jason Edwards vs. Adrian Najera
  • Catchweight (130 pounds): Jonathan Santa Maria vs. Jay Viola
  • Middleweight: Osman Diaz vs. Andre Walker
  • Catchweight (165 pounds): Ian Butler vs. Emilio Williams
  • Featherweight: A.J. Agazarm vs. Jonathan Quiroz
  • Women’s strawweight: Shannon Goughary vs. Ava Knight
  • Catchweight (165 pounds): Antonio McKee vs. William Sriyapai
  • Catchweight (175 pounds): Johnny Cisneros vs. Mike Jasper
  • Featherweight: Shawn Bunch vs. Leandro Higo
  • Featherweight: Weber Almeida vs. Castle Williams
  • Lightweight: Dominic Clark vs. Joshua Jones
  • Catchweight (133 pounds): James Barnes vs. David Duran

**Keep refreshing for live results/LowKickMMA’s Bellator 228 coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET**

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