‘I believe we’re nearer than ever’ – Patricio Pitbull’s coach believes a cross-promotion UFC-Bellator battle is feasible


Patricio Pitbull’s coach Eric Albarracin believes that cross-promotional fights involving his pupil and high UFC fighters are nearer to taking place than ever earlier than.

Two-division Bellator champion Patricio Pitbull defeated Emanuel Sanchez within the much-anticipated rematch at Bellator 255 occasion that occurred on April 2, 2021. The win marked the fifth consecutive 145lbs title protection for Pitbull. Throughout a latest interview with ESPN, Patricio Pitbull stated that cross-promotional fights with UFC’s 145lbs king Alexander Volkanovski or Max Holloway curiosity him probably the most.

Bouts between UFC fighters and different MMA promotion abilities are a rarest of uncommon phenomenon. Nonetheless, Pitbull’s coach Eric Albarracin informed ESPN that the MMA neighborhood’s curiosity in these fights is at an all-time excessive after Pitbull’s latest performances. He believes it’s only a matter of time earlier than the cross-promotional fights between Bellator and UFC fighters form up.

“I believe it is nearer than ever. Nicely, I have been with Patricio since 2011. I have been speaking about how good he was since 2015. I bear in mind doing an article saying, overlook Jon Jones, Patricio Pitbull is coming, and by no means has anyone paid consideration. Around the globe, media-wise even on the promotion sensible till these final two fights I really feel.

I seen that the atmosphere’s modified. You may inform whenever you’re handled just like the face of Bellator and now it’s… I can really feel it within the media, I can really feel it with individuals coming as much as me and so they’re all asking me the identical factor. They’re all asking when is he going to battle these guys within the UFC? Let’s get a cross-promotion. I’ve by no means heard that earlier than,” Eric Albarracin stated.

Can Patricio Pitbull erase the favored notion about Bellator and UFC fighters?

For the longest time, Bellator fighters had been thought of second-tier athletes as compared with their UFC counterparts. The first purpose behind this standard notion is the historical past of athletes that made the transition between the 2 promotions.

Former UFC fighters Rory McDonald, Ryan Bader, and Gegard Mousasi all went on to win the Bellator gold. Aside from Eddie Alvarez, not one of the former Bellator champions had been in a position to win the UFC title. Nonetheless, Bellator has gained a optimistic popularity in latest occasions – particularly after Scott Coker took over because the Bellator President in 2014.

During the last 12 months, Patricio Pitbull has repeatedly dismissed the claims of UFC’s 145lb and 155lbs champions being higher fighters than him. Aside from his double champ standing and dominant streak in Bellator, Pitbull’s knockout win over Michael Chandler in 2019 is robust proof that hints on the validity of his claims.

MMA math would not at all times add up. Nonetheless, if Chandler goes on to win the vacant UFC light-weight title by defeating Charles Oliveira at UFC 262, it will be onerous to disclaim Patricio Pitbull a cross-promotional bout in opposition to UFC champions.

Revealed 07 Apr 2021, 23:59 IST


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