Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Aims to Avenge Brother’s Loss
There are few fighters that have become as synonymous with the Bellator brand as the ‘Pitbull’ brothers, Patricio and Patricky Freire.
On Saturday night at Bellator 183, Patricky — the elder of the ‘Pitbull’ brothers at 31 — will stand across the Bellator cage from a veteran of multiple organizations, Benson Henderson.
Henderson is an ex-UFC veteran, having once held the lightweight championship before finishing his contract and being signed by Bellator.
Fighting former UFC stars is not unfamiliar territory for Patricky Freire, however. In his last fight ‘Pitbull’ took on former Strikeforce and UFC vet Josh Thompson in the main event of Bellator 172 in San Jose, California.
Entering the contest as the underdog, ‘Pitbull’ stunned the hometown favorite by knocking Thompson out in the second round.
In an interview with FIGHT SPORTS, Patricky Freire said that defeating Thompson only fuels his confidence as he prepares for another former UFC vet.
“It was awesome to get in there and make it look easy,” he said. “I was prepared for a three-round war. Josh Thompson has been in a lot of wars and is known for being tough to finish — just like my next opponent, Benson Henderson.
“I have a lot of respect for Benson Henderson, and I’m ready to show everyone that I’m on a higher level than him.”
Not only is this fight intriguing because of Henderson’s notoriety, but also because the American fighter recently competed against Patricky’s brother, Patricio.
In a lightweight title eliminator, Henderson fought Patricio Freire at Bellator 160. He was losing the bout throughout the first round and a half, but the fight was stopped when Patricio sustained a leg injury midway through the second round. It was later revealed that Patricio ‘Pitbull’ had broken his shin, sidelining him from the sport for a lengthy period of time.
Patricky now has the opportunity to finish what his brother started, and he saw many openings in that fight that he aims to exploit when he steps into the cage with Henderson.
“My brother was doing very well and was on his way to winning,” ‘Pitbull’ said, “but unfortunately he had a serious injury that took him away from the sport for a while. Fortunately, we took a lot of things from that fight that I will be able to use against Benson Henderson.”
Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire takes on Benson Henderson at Bellator 183 at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.