Update On Patricio Freire’s Status As Bellator Double-Champion
A Bellator mainstay, Patricio Freire is very particular with how he and the promotion handles his Bellator Lightweight and Featherweight Titles. The future of the former division is one to keep an eye on.
Freire (30-4) won the Bellator Lightweight Title against Michael Chandler back at Bellator 221 in May 2019. He has not defended it since, instead remaining in the featherweight division. The Bellator Featherweight Champion, “Pitbull” is involved in the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix. He beat Juan Archuleta via unanimous decision in his last fight to advance in the tournament.
Set to face Pedro Carvalho sometime down the line, Freire will be too busy to fight at lightweight. Still, the title will not be removed from his waist. The only person he wants to hand the title to is his brother, Patricky.
“Only if he’s involved,” Freire stated to MMA Fighting. “There’s no other possibility of me vacating the belt. If there’s any other challenger, I’d fight.”
“To take the belt from me (under other circumstances), it would have to be by force. I’ve already volunteered to fight and the company said, ‘No, you’ll have to finish the 145-pound grand prix first.’ Winning that belt was really hard so I wouldn’t accept it (vacating it). If they put my brother in a title fight, then I’d do it. I’ve already told them I would vacate the title so the division can move.”
Patricky (23-9) is also a mainstay with Bellator. A lightweight contender, Freire has been a part of multiple lightweight tournaments. He last competed for RIZIN, participating in the promotion’s Lightweight Grand Prix. He lost to Tofiq Musayev in the finals on New Year’s Eve.
As of now, it is unknown when Patricio will fight again. He was supposed to face Carvalho at Bellator 241 in March before it was postponed due to COVID-19. Patricky, meanwhile, is set to face Peter Queally in Dublin, Ireland on October 3.