The younger brother of Patricky “Pitbull” Freire, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire is a successful mixed martial artist in his own right, arguably the best MMA fighter not contracted to the UFC.
Training Brazilian jiu-jitsu since the age of 10 alongside the likes of Wanderlei Silva and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Freire made his professional MMA debut at the age of 16, winning his first 14 bouts. After improving his record to 12-0, he signed with Bellator MMA, debuting at Bellator 15 in April 2010. After winning the season four featherweight tournament, Freire would not be seen for about a year and a half, taking time off due to a broken hand suffered during training.
Freire returned at Bellator 85 in January 2013, challenging Pat Curran for the Bellator featherweight title but coming up short. After winning the season nine featherweight tournament, Freire defeated Curran in a rematch at Bellator 123 in September 2014 to win the featherweight title. He lost the title to Daniel Mason-Straus at Bellator 145 in November 2015, but Freire won the title back in a rematch at Bellator 175 in April 2017.
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