Chandler-Pitbull Explode During Conference Call
During Tuesday’s media conference call for Bellator 221, things got heated between Michael Chandler and his opponent/rival Patricio Freire.
Chandler began the proceedings by making light of welterweight champion Rory MacDonald, who had a crisis of conscience during his fight with Jon Fitch due to his new found religious beliefs.
“My God is cool with face punching,” Chandler, also a Christian, told reporters on Tuesday.
“I want this superfight because it’s been a long time in the making,” Chandler said moving on to his fight on May 11th with Frerie. “This is two of Bellator’s best fighters, two of Bellator’s winning-est fighters. It’s a match up that people have wanted to see. He’s wanted the fight, I’ve wanted the fight. I don’t have a ton of guys knocking down the door showing themselves as No. 1 contenders at 155. We have a score to settle so we’re going to step in the cage May 11th and it’s going to be a good fight.”
“For me it doesn’t mean a thing. I’m extremely nasty when I step into that cage. Unlike Rory MacDonald I talk to my God every day and he’s fine with me beating the hell out of people. You can mother-eff me all you want but at the end of the day you’ve got to step in there with the toughest dude you’ve ever stepped into the cage with. It’s great that we have the history and the bad blood — the promoters can promote and the reporters can report. All I’m thinking about is outperforming the Michael Chandler who stepped into the cage the last time.”
Freire, who is the current featherweight champion is ready for the challenge of moving up to 155-pounds, claiming “it’s time for a new champion at the lightweight division.”
“I don’t care about ranking him against my other opponents,” the Pitbull brother said of comparing Chandler to other opponents. “I just want to shut him up, make him hurt, and make him feel every punch. I know he quits when he gets hurt. He’s a little cat when he gets hit.”
“Chandler I’m going to take your belt and kick your ass. Mark my words, you’re gonna see this — motherf****r. I don’t give a f*** for the belt man. I don’t give a f***. I don’t want the belt, I want his ass. He knows that.”
When asked if this fight is more personal for Chandler than other challenges, the defending lightweight champion doesn’t see it that way. “The funny thing is I don’t really think about it. You’re trying to find a story. You’re reaching for a headline,” Chandler told a reporter. “It sounds like a great story that there’s a big rivalry but trust me Patricio Pitbull doesn’t keep me up at night. This one’s the biggest fight of my life and everything’s firing on all cylinders. Bad blood, good blood or anything in between I’m the dominant fighter on May 11th and I’ll let my fighting do the talking.”
Freire was quick and succinct in his reply, telling Chandler “you’ll lose.”
The Pitbull brother would also get into with fellow fighter A.J. McKee, who would want to fight Freire next, with Chandler welcoming McKee to finish what he starts.
“A.J.’s gonna come and knock him out after I do. He’s been hit in the head way too many times,” Chandler said of Freire.
“But I never give up, you do,” Freire said. “You don’t have b***s man. You’ll give up.”