Chandler, a former Bellator light-weight champion, conquer Freire’s brother Patricky Freire 2 times in 2011 and 2016. But “Pitbull” received the last snicker for the spouse and children, knocking him out in May possibly 2019 to come to be a two-division Bellator king. Chandler is not on the Bellator roster any longer, but when he knocked out Dan Hooker at UFC 257, Freire was swift to compliment him — with a speedy jab, of training course.
“Michael Chandler’s efficiency in his UFC debut was wonderful,” Freire claimed in an job interview with MMA Preventing. “His opponent was wonderful, but it felt like he was mentally unprepared to encounter Michael Chandler. He crumbled to his force and motion early. Several folks thought [Chandler] would not stand with him, and he finished up knocking him out.”
Freire wasn’t shocked by the outcome and produced a bold prediction for his rival’s upcoming phase.
“If Dustin Poirier is his future opponent, I imagine he wins just as easily and the specific exact way,” he said. “It will be as vicious as his debut.”
For now, “Pitbull” retains the difference as the last man to beat Chandler. As prolonged as Chandler carries on to earn in the UFC, that actuality will provide as a counterpoint to enthusiasts who insist on treating Bellator fighters as “B league” athletes.
“I won’t root for him, but I’m sensible and I know the damage he can do in this bodyweight course,” Freire mentioned. “He has strong fingers and fantastic wrestling. He’s extremely aggressive. It’s hard to just take him down, and he has superior takedowns. He can fight anybody on the toes and has knocked out excellent strikers now. It will be tough to end him.
“If he can do all that and I stopped him, how excellent am I? Let us set that to take a look at. Immediately after he gets UFC winner, let us put promotion from advertising to see who’s the very best in the world. He was kicked out of Bellator by me. He didn’t stay there mainly because I kicked him out.”
Chandler was questioned about Pitbull’s tweets during the publish-fight push convention on Fight Island, but he overlooked the “son” comments to focus on his rival’s prediction that he will without a doubt come to be UFC winner.
“I will,” Chandler responded.
“I assume I bother him, and which is on objective,” Freire laughed. “Those tweets aren’t my issue, I really do not like to discuss that trash, but Michael Chandler takes it as well personalized, and that will never ever conclusion. He deserves it. He invested three decades speaking immediately after he beat my brother, and now he’ll listen. After all, his belt is right here at household.”
Freire is focused on successful the Bellator featherweight grand prix in 2021, as he rematches Emmanuel Sanchez in the semifinal for a prospect to deal with A.J. McKee for a million pounds in the closing.
The Brazilian is giving a wager to UFC President Dana White: $1,000,000 on the line in opposition to the UFC champion.
“If [White] doesn’t do it, his champion is inferior to the Bellator champion, and that’s on him and his promotion,” he claimed. “I’ll eternally hassle them. I’ll give them a likelihood to establish in any other case. He can make this cross marketing and be capable to say my man is the best in the earth, or else, if he refuses to do it and stays quiet, he’ll know I have this advantage without end.”