The stakes for Patricky Freire’s struggle at Bellator 270 simply acquired greater because of his youthful brother.
On Wednesday, Bellator president Scott Coker introduced on “The MMA Hour” that Patricio Freire has vacated his light-weight championship. As a end result, Patricky (23-10 MMA, 14-8 BMMA) and Peter Queally (13-5-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) now will struggle for the vacant 155-pound title in the principle occasion of Bellator 270 on Nov. 5 on the 3Arena in Dublin.
Patricio’s vacating of the light-weight belt comes greater than two years after he claimed it from Michael Chandler with a 61-second TKO in May 2019 at Bellator 221 to grow to be a simultaneous two-division champion. Patricio by no means defended the title due to his participation within the promotion’s featherweight grand prix, which was prolonged effectively past its timetable due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. The 16-man event concluded with Patricio dropping his 145-pound title to A.J. McKee within the remaining on July 31 at Bellator 263, which snapped an total seven-fight profitable streak for “Pitbull.”
In a tweet after the announcement, Patricio stated “it’s time for the (lightweight) division to move on” and for his brother, Patricky, “to have his shot.” He indicated that he stays targeted on a rematch with McKee.
Honor and household come first. When I first received the LW belt it was nearly revenge. It was nonetheless an honor, however with the loss at 145 I’m beginning over. It’s time for the LW division to maneuver on and for @PatrickyPitbull to have his shot. My focus is on AJ and him solely. #TheMMAHour
— Patricio Pitbull (@PatricioPitbull) October 6, 2021
The rematch between Patricky and Queally (13-5-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) had been beforehand booked because the co-main occasion to Bellator Dublin, with James Gallagher vs. Patchy Mix headlining. Those bouts will now be swapped.