Patricky Pitbull Wants Gold And Soccer Kicks

With his brother currently holding Bellator’s lightweight and featherweight crowns, Patricky Pitbull is eyeing gold in another organization.

Freire, who chased after the Bellator title for a few years, has been tapped to represent Bellator in Rizin’s Lightweight Grand Prix, which starts on October 12th in Osaka, Japan.

“I’ve always had the dream of fighting in Japan, under those rules,” Freire told MMA Fighting. “When someone said I could win both belts and keep them, I admit never thought about it before. I can win the Rizin belt and then go to Bellator and win that belt, as well, if it’s vacant.”

“He’s holding it for me,” Patricky said of his brother Patricio, who currently holds the 155-pound title in their home promotion. “He’s keeping it warm (and) keeping it clean before I come back.”

Freire will now face veteran Tatsuya Kawajiri later in October for their first-round matchup, watching modern and classic Japanese MMA and learning to adapt to not only that style but a one-night tournament concept.

“I spent weeks watching Pride and Rizin videos,” Freire said. “I’m watching the best Pride fights, watching ‘Shogun’ (Rua), ‘Minotauro’ (Nogueira), Wanderlei (Silva), the guys that loved doing that, and then I watch Rizin fights, the lightweights, to study them and see what they like to do.”

“No one will say it’s healthier – it’s not,” Freire said of the Japanese style, which allows soccer kicks. “There was a debate back in the day if soccer kicks were less harmful than elbows, but I think soccer kicks are way worse. But I miss it. Sometimes you feel like throwing a kick; I’m afraid it might happen in a regular fight when I’m fighting someone I hate and I want to do it. But now I can.

“I see a lot of Japanese fans on Twitter asking for more soccer kicks, saying they miss it, that fighters are respecting too much nowadays. I think (fighters) are so used to the current ruleset, they are scared to throw soccer kicks.”

Initial Report: MMA Fighting

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