Emmanuel Sanchez will likely be one half of Bellator 255’s headliner as he challenges Bellator double champ Patricio “Pitbull” Freire in a featherweight championship rematch within the division’s grand-prix semi-final.
Since dropping to Pitbull of their first bout in 2018, which was additionally for the Bellator featherweight championship, Sanchez has been on a three-fight win streak. Sanchez gained two of these victories within the featherweight grand-prix.
Wanting ahead, Sanchez spoke candidly concerning Freire, alongside along with his potential opponent within the finals of the featherweight grand prix, A.J. McKee.
“What I’ve in entrance of me is the 2 greatest fighters on the planet on this group. They’ve two accolades that I don’t,” Sanchez stated. “[Freire] being a champ-champ who has a win over me and has been the best fighter in Bellator historical past, no. 1 pound-for-pound, and [McKee] has the longest win streak. Undefeated. Have a look at what a giant star he has been in Bellator.”
Sanchez additionally mirrored on his first loss to Pitbull, and the way he appears ahead to the potential of avenging his most up-to-date defeat. He additionally spoke of their first combat scheduling which finally fell out.
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“You may’t write a greater story than me going out and avenging these losses that I’ve had. One, this man who had a win over me in 2018 and one, I misplaced the chance to take that undefeated file he had in 2016,” Sanchez stated. “Folks overlook that we have been scheduled to combat a few years in the past. Now, I’ve this platform the place much more is on the road and I’m grateful for all of it.”
Sanchez then delved right into a extra analytical perspective concerning his fundamental occasion bout with the reigning double champion Saturday night time, discussing what he realized from their first combat.
“I realized in my combat towards Pitbull that I can take his greatest photographs. That I can deal with his stress. His velocity. His ferocity. His tenacity. I do know that I can overwhelm him with mine,” Sanchez stated. “In fact he’s grown too and he’s watched our combat and my current fights. It’s like two lions gazing one another throughout the watering gap realizing that we’re going to cross paths once more. I’m positive after I defeat him, I do know we’ll meet once more.