HomeUFCPatricio Pitbull forward of Bellator 255: ‘I will beat all of them’
Patricio Pitbull forward of Bellator 255: ‘I will beat all of them’
April 2, 2021
The headliner of Bellator 255 includes a featherweight championship rematch within the division’s grand prix semi-final between reigning double champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire in opposition to no. 2 ranked Bellator featherweight Emmanuel Sanchez.
Talking at digital media day for Bellator 255, Pitbull appeared again on his first struggle with Sanchez that passed off in 2018 when Sanchez challenged for the title.
The 2-time featherweight champ and reigning light-weight champ even credited Sanchez with being one in every of his hardest challenges but.
“I’ve not underestimated Emmanuel Sanchez. He gave me one in every of my hardest fights and he’s very dynamic,” Freire stated. ”He brings a whole lot of stress. He has most likely gotten higher mentally since we fought, however technically he’s nonetheless the identical fighter. The outcome would be the identical, however this time I plan to complete him.”
Freire additionally spoke of his legacy. Not solely trying again on what he completed prior to now, however what he’s going to perform sooner or later.
“Once I beat Sanchez and AJ McKee within the finals, it could simply show what everyone already is aware of. That I’m primary,” Freire stated. “I’ve already overwhelmed 4 or 5 generations of Bellator’s finest fighters.”
One of many fighters Pitbull is referencing is, after all, no. 4 ranked UFC light-weight Michael Chandler, who’s combating Charles Oliveira for the light-weight championship at UFC 262.
Pitbull knocked out Chandler for the Bellator light-weight championship in simply over a minute in 2019.
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Unsurprisingly, the no. 1 ranked Bellator pound-for-pound fighter nonetheless has fond reminiscences concerning that night time.
“I went up a weight class and took off the top of the best light-weight in historical past,” ‘Pitbull’ stated. “It doesn’t matter who they convey in, I’ll beat all of them.”
Freire spoke in regards to the implications if Chandler wins the UFC light-weight championship and inspired the remainder of the MMA world to get up and notice who and the place the best fighter is.
“If Chandler wins the belt within the UFC, it signifies that the UFC goes to must suck it up and notice they’ve the second finest light-weight on the earth, who misplaced to a man that was developing from a smaller weight class,” Freire stated
“They’re going to have to comprehend that the pound-for-pound finest light-weight fighter will not be within the UFC. He’s in Bellator and his identify is Patricio Pitbull.”