Patricio Pitbull Unleashes On McGregor Prior To Bellator 209
Hours away from his second Bellator featherweight title defense, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire is ready for the challenge brought by Emmanuel Sanchez.
Following a win over Daniel Weichel earlier this year in Rome, Freire looks to stop Sanchez in Bellator’s return to Israel, as they main event Bellator 209 on November 15th (airing on the 16th in the United States). When asked by FIGHT SPORTS about the lengthy travel for his past two fights, Freire said it’s part of the job.
“I’m used to the long flights to get to my fights, sometimes I have three or four (flights)”, claimed the current featherweight champion. “I don’t expect it to play a factor in this fight.”
Looking across the Bellator cage from Freire is a worthy opponent in Emmanuel Sanchez, who some in the MMA community feel is undervalued by the organization and may supply an upset in Tel-Aviv. Sanchez walks into the Bellator cage amidst a four-fight win streak, with his last loss coming at the hands of Daniel Weichel in 2016 at Bellator 159.
“He’s a pretty good fighter, he puts a lot of pressure (on his opponents),” Friere said of Sanchez, who has scored submission victories in his last two fights. He admits Sanchez is formidable, but feels that he’s “better than him and much stronger.”
“(Sanchez) is a tough competitor, but I’ll have my hand raised.”
While he faces Sanchez at Bellator 209, Freire has opponents outside of the Bellator cage, primarily UFC lightweight and featherweight champion, Conor McGregor.
Last week McGregor claimed that ONE Championship is responsible for the death of the UFC’s flyweight division and should hire the fighters released from the UFC following the trade of Demetrious Johnson. Freire blasted McGregor on Twitter.
You’re either a hypocrite or cheap whiskey and drugs have affected your mind.
You should blame the @UFC for ending the division, not @ONEChampionship. The UFC could keep the division and DJ if they wanted. You could pressure them, but you don’t really care. Shut up. https://t.co/oGI7clli9H
— Patricio Freire (@PatricioPitbull) November 8, 2018
Talking to FIGHT SPORTS about the social media confrontation, Patricio claimed that, “I believe what I said was pretty clear, he’s just trying to find a scapegoat in that promotion (ONE).”
“Some people may say that I’m trying to get attention off Conor McGregor, and to that I say f**k Conor McGregor and whoever thinks that. I’m just calling a hypocrite a hypocrite.”
Freire defends his Bellator Featherweight title in the main event of Bellator 209 on November 15th against Emmanuel Sanchez. The fight airs on Friday, November 16th on the Paramount Network.