The headliner of Bellator 255 functions a featherweight championship rematch in the division’s grand prix semi-remaining between reigning double winner Patricio “Pitbull” Freire against no. 2 ranked Bellator featherweight Emmanuel Sanchez.
Talking at virtual media day for Bellator 255, Pitbull appeared back again on his to start with fight with Sanchez that took put in 2018 when Sanchez challenged for the title.
The two-time featherweight champ and reigning light-weight champ even credited Sanchez with being one particular of his toughest troubles still.
“I have not underestimated Emmanuel Sanchez. He gave me just one of my hardest fights and he’s really dynamic,” Freire said. ”He delivers a ton of stress. He has probably gotten greater mentally since we fought, but technically he’s however the exact fighter. The outcome will be the very same, but this time I program to end him.”
Freire also spoke of his legacy. Not only looking back again on what he accomplished in the earlier, but what he is likely to execute in the foreseeable future.
“When I conquer Sanchez and AJ McKee in the finals, it would just establish what everyone currently is familiar with. That I’m amount just one,” Freire stated. “I’ve previously overwhelmed 4 or 5 generations of Bellator’s ideal fighters.”
A single of the fighters Pitbull is referencing is, of class, no. 4 rated UFC lightweight Michael Chandler, who is fighting Charles Oliveira for the lightweight championship at UFC 262.
Pitbull knocked out Chandler for the Bellator light-weight championship in just over a minute in 2019.
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Unsurprisingly, the no. 1 rated Bellator pound-for-pound fighter even now has fond recollections pertaining to that evening.
“I went up a fat class and took off the head of the finest light-weight in historical past,” ‘Pitbull’ mentioned. “It doesn’t subject who they carry in, I’ll conquer them all.”
Freire spoke about the implications if Chandler wins the UFC lightweight championship and inspired the rest of the MMA earth to wake up and notice who and the place the best fighter is.
“If Chandler wins the belt in the UFC, it signifies that the UFC is going to have to suck it up and know they have the second greatest light-weight in the earth, who dropped to a person that was coming up from a more compact pounds class,” Freire mentioned
“They’re going to have to comprehend that the pound-for-pound ideal light-weight fighter is not in the UFC. He’s in Bellator and his title is Patricio Pitbull.”
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