Patricio Pitbull predicts Emmanuel Sanchez shall be ‘very disillusioned’ at Bellator 255.
When Patricio “Pitbull” Freire steps into the cage he normally wins. He hasn’t misplaced a battle since 2016 when he suffered a ugly leg damage towards former UFC champion, Benson Henderson. Since then he’s gone on a six-fight tear … all title fights. Now, as he’s set to defend his title as soon as once more, he’s assured he’ll retain, regardless of the opponent.
In comes Emmanuel Sanchez, who predicted he’d end the champion inside three rounds. A prediction that Freire responded to on Wednesday.
“I predict that he’ll be very disillusioned and he’ll be the one getting completed,” Freire advised FanSided.
That is the second time the pair have matched. The primary bout going 5 full rounds with Freire retaining his title. One factor they each agree on is that followers aren’t going to see one other lengthy back-and-forth, somebody is getting completed on April 2.
“It’ll be completely different from the primary one,” Freire mentioned. “This time I’m gonna end him. He’s been speaking lots since we thought of how I used to be unable to try this and different stuff. He looks as if a very good particular person, however as a fighter, he’s speaking just a little an excessive amount of. So I’m gonna give him what he desires and win by end this time. He stays the identical fighter as after we first fought.”
Ought to Freire defend, he’ll be slated to face AJ McKee within the finals of the Featherweight Grand Prix however followers appear centered on this bout as an honorary closing spherical, regardless of it being a semi-final matchup.
“Folks had been saying that earlier than my battle with [Juan] Archuleta too,” Freire mentioned. “It simply exhibits I’m dealing with a excessive degree of competitors. I’m listening to quite a lot of issues a couple of closing battle towards AJ McKee. However first issues first. I do know Sanchez is a troublesome fighter and I’m not overlooking him.”
Although he isn’t overlooking Sanchez, as champion, he pays shut consideration to all the featherweight fights occurring at any given time.
“I give attention to the duty forward of me, however on the identical time, I watch each single battle of fellows on my division as a result of I do know they could possibly be dealing with me down the road. So I’ve a normal thought of how I match up with all of those guys. I don’t suppose AJ will even be capable of contact me.”
Patricio Pitbull on Showtime deal, new rankings and COVID-19
This event ought to have been over, if not for the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing Freire to decelerate his plans of being a three-division champion.
“There’s the professionals and the cons in every thing, however professionally, it damage my plans fairly a bit,” he mentioned. “I hoped to have had a light-weight title protection already and have fought for the bantamweight title to develop into a three-division champion. However with the event but to finish and every thing else concerned, I believe the timing to go for the bantamweight title isn’t there anymore.”
Heading into 2021, Bellator introduced a number of thrilling modifications, together with a brand new broadcasting cope with Showtime.
“It exhibits Bellator has quite a lot of expectation of this battle delivering they usually acknowledge my star energy,” he mentioned of being the primary most important occasion to air on the community. “After we had been on Spike and Paramount, my rankings had been all nicely above common and I believe with Showtime’s backing it’ll be even higher. I’m trying ahead to it.”
One other announcement was the choice to have MMA media rank fighters going ahead.
“I prefer it, so long as it’s constant and honest,” he mentioned. “There are a bunch of rankings on the market that aren’t price something. I hope the people who find themselves answerable for doing the rankings are unbiased and have correct information of the fighters within the group. Rankings can provide fighters a extra clear path to a title battle, so it must be executed proper.”
With simply weeks left earlier than Freire and Sanchez meets the champion leaves off with only one message to his challenger.
“Watch out what you want for.”
Freire vs. Sanchez will happen on April 2, 2021, when Bellator returns for his or her first occasion on Showtime. The cardboard may even characteristic Usman Nurmagomedov vs. Mike Hamel within the co-main occasion. Comply with together with FanSided MMA for all of your dwell Bellator information and outcomes.